The Software-Defined Telco: How CDN and SDN Will Reprogram the Telecom World

Analyst report by 451 Research, published on 12/21/2012

This report provides an overview of the ways in which software is changing the nature of the telecom business, starting with software-defined networking at the level of the network element, on up to the application layer, where video has become the dominant (and troublesome) form of traffic. In essence, this is already the era of the 'software-defined telco.'

The question for telecom companies, from AT&T to Tata, is how to take advantage of this transformation in the midst of competition from hosting and cloud services players like Google and Amazon. This report takes a look at how content delivery networks are evolving into cloud delivery networks. Our belief is that the underlying platforms for the CDN market could provide a base for performance and programmability from which the 'software-defined telco' can survive in the as-a-service era without relying too heavily on the promise of networking-focused innovations such as OpenFlow and SDN.

Page Count: 24 pages
File Size: 0.52 MB

Tags: Georgia, SDN, Denmark, Amazon, California, Google, CenturyLink, AT&T, Limelight, Microsoft, Rackspace, SoftLayer, OnApp, Verizon, XO, NTT, IDG, Comcast, KDDI, NaviSite, HOSTING, San Francisco, Washington, Atlanta, PEER 1 Hosting, Mexico, show more

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