04.01.2016Enterprise Tech

Enterprise Technology Spotlight: SDN & SD-WAN, IoT & smart cities

By: Grainne Colgan
Businessman gazing at cloud options

This week, IDC predicted the worldwide software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) industry will exceed $6 billion in 2020 with a compound annual growth rate of more than 90% over the 2015-2020 forecast period. Given this, we examine why CIOs are looking to extend their software-defined network (SDN) capabilities to wide area networks (WANs) and the challenges they face. Building on this discussion Gagan Puranik, ‎Director, SDN/NFV Architecture Planning, Verizon shares his insights on this continued SDN and network function virtualization (NFV) push, development journey and challenges with standards.

In other news, we take a look at how cities are capitalizing on the promise of the Internet of Things to improve everything from police surveillance to digital signage and traffic management.

Here’s this week’s Enterprise Technology Spotlight…

SD-WANs – a Netflix for the corporate world

This article examines the challenges faced by CIOs who are looking to extend their SDN capabilities, to WANs to connect remote offices. With SDNs initially implemented to simplify networks and make them more responsive to cloud services, SD-WAN provides additional cost savings for CIOs. This is proving particularly valuable in the finance and retail sectors. (CIO)

Verizon SDN, NFV plans look to open source to counter challenges

In this Q&A Verizon’s Gagan Puranik discusses the company’s continued software push, its view on the pace of development and challenges with standards. (RCR Wireless)

The smart cities promise

Verizon’s Tim Gorman talks about how the company is helping cities capitalize on the Internet of Things (IoT), by offering end-to-end, bundled, pre-engineered solutions. Tim demonstrates the surveillance-as-a-service solution and an intelligent lighting unit. These solutions save energy, manage surveillance cameras, enable audio announcements, control digital signage. The unit can also direct traffic flow and give direct access to emergency services. (CRN TV)