Cisco led mindshare in Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) market discussion last week. While the company historically competes with VMware in the SDN space, CRN reported that partners working with both vendors “are now deploying Cisco and VMware’s SDN side-by-side and finding them more complementary than competitive.” This eliminates the “either-or decision between Cisco and VMware,” and creates opportunities to solve even more complex challenges. This announcement made a big impact on market discussion, accounting for nearly 25 percent of SDN and NFV Twitter conversation last Thursday.
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The world of SDN and NFV is getting smaller as large companies continue to acquire smaller ones to enhance their offerings. Huawei dominated SDN and NFV social discussion early last week as news of their acquisition of Irish software development and SDN service solution company, Amartus, spread. This acquisition marks yet another major player expanding their software assets to accelerate their SDN offering and demonstrates “Huawei’s commitment to expanding its research and development investment in Ireland and across Europe.” Huawei was not the only company to gain attention for acquisitions last week, as discussion of Huawei’s recent acquisition occurred while SDxCentral’s interview about Brocade’s SDN & NFV Acquisitions was still trending.
Other companies are pairing up to offer solutions, too. NEC saw attention for their collaboration with HP on NFV for Service Providers. eWeek reported that NEC will “run its virtual network functions on HP’s OpenNFV platform” as a solution that NEC and HP hope will “accelerate carrier adoption of NFV.”
While Cisco saw attention for investing in the French software company 6Wind a couple weeks ago, this week they were caught in the crossfire of competing companies as Dell’s VP of Engineered Solutions targeted them and the effectiveness of their solutions. He said: “software-defined is kryptonite to Cisco.” Cisco is not alone on Dell’s war path, however, as Dell’s Ganthier also singled out HP as a company that “has followed industry trends more than it has led.” Speaking on his own company, Ganthier told CRN about Dell’s “’open’ and ‘agile’ strategy,” and how Dell plans to lead the market, not just react to change.
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Looking to social conversation about Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), we found that Cisco saw the most attention last week not only for their reported 61% profit margins, but also for their CEO’s unwavering confidence and subsequent dismissal of the competition.
While Venture Beat entertained the argument that lower cost approaches to SDN could render Cisco’s “expensive custom software and network gear” unnecessary, their soon to be ex-CEO Chambers dismisses developments like VMWare’s NSX solution, citing Cisco’s financial results as “proof that SDN won’t hurt Cisco.”
Though Cisco’s current CEO sees no threat in VMWare’s NSX, a debate is present in the market to determine “Which is the Real SDN Leader?” Cisco’s ACI or VMWare’s NSX. Cisco’s President Rob Lloyd argues that VMWare is lagging behind in terms of implementation, making ACI a more “complete solution.”
While Cisco is asserting their dominance over SDN by touting the prowess of their products over the competition, success will ultimately depend on adoption. Cisco currently has the profits to back up their claims, but innovation is occurring, which is allowing other companies to offer cheaper solutions.
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As the flurry of conversation around Mobile World Congress continues, we looked to the popular links shared on social media before the event began to find out what content is gaining the most attention. This shared links report is specially tailored to gain insight into what NFV & SDN news was capturing mindshare in conversation just ahead of Mobile World Congress.
Within NFV conversation, Brocade gained the most mindshare as their promotional video featuring how the IBM Cloud Orchestrator and Brocade Vyatta router is being used to make a more secure cloud and list of MWC speakers were shared several times. OPNFV and Dell’s dedicated MWC pages also generated interest along with a Light Reading article predicting that SDN & NFV will be hot topics during MWC.
Light Reading Predicts SDN/NFV will be hot topics at MWC 2015
Popular Shared Links about NFV at MWC on Social Media 2/23-3/1
The majority of SDN focused shared links were related to Brocade as well. People shared several articles from Brocade’s blog, including posts about SDN Applications, SDN for Mobile Network MWC Preview, and a list of Brocade’s MWC Speakers. PLUMgrid saw interest around their press release, which highlights their plan to showcase SDN for Internet of Everything at MWC, and Light Reading’s article predicting that SDN & NFV will be hot topics during MWC generated interest in SDN as well.
Popular Shared Links about SDN at MWC on Social Media 2/23-3/1
Argus Insights will continue to track Mobile World Congress mindshare, so keep an eye on this blog. If you are interested in a comprehensive report of who and what won at MWC 2015, we are happy to send you the Argus Insights complete MWC 2015 Report when the show is over.