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SDN and NFV Simplified: A Visual Guide to Understanding Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization by Jim Doherty

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42. What’s Next in Networking?

The preceding chapter discussed the main use cases for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) and how they would affect us, whether we are a user, small to medium-size enterprise (SME), enterprise data center, carrier, or cloud service provider. You saw that carriers, cloud, and communication service providers (CSPs) were the ones driving SDN and NFV due to a range of use cases. What is interesting with the carrier, cloud, and CSP perspective is that they are less interested in SDN than they are in NFV. This is noticeable throughout their endeavors to build proof of concepts and run pilot field trials. Presently, industries and the enterprise and data center focus is on SDN, ...

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