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Recent Research Briefs

    Successful Hardware Strategies for a Software-dominated World

    Sponsored by: Dell EMC and Intel
    Topic: NFV Hardware and Platform Management
    Description: As the world swings towards disaggregated white boxes, NEPs and SIs need a hardware strategy that will create value for themselves while still supporting their customers’ NFV initiatives. This brief by AvidThink helps you lay out a framework for achieving a successful hardware platform strategy based on research conducted with leading NEPs as well as major communication service providers (CSPs).

    The Enterprise SD-WAN Dilemma: To DIY or Not to DIY

    Sponsored by: Nuage Networks From Nokia
    Topic: SD-WAN
    Description: Every organization transitioning to SD-WAN faces a critical choice: to deploy and operate the system themselves or use a managed service from a carrier or MSP. A closer look at the issues shows that the choice isn’t so one-sided. This research brief by AvidThink takes a look at both the benefits and drawbacks to each usage model.

    Service Providers’ Carpe Diem Moment Seizing the Opportunity in SD-WAN

    Sponsored by: Nuage Networks From Nokia
    Topic: SD-WAN
    Description: Enterprise IT leaders need a trusted partner to clear out the chaos and guide them through the selection, deployment and maintenance of their SD-WAN solutions. This brief by AvidThink takes a look at how service providers can play that role and seize this unique opportunity to step in and provide new value-added services with managed WAN platforms.

    Achieving Success in Modern Network Automation

    Sponsored by: Itential
    Topic: Network Automation
    Description: AvidThink has put together this Research Brief for enterprises and service providers looking to take control of their disparate networks—across multiple public and private clouds, WAN and campus locations. And while Network Automation promises to provide the means by which network managers can achieve this control, the right foundations still have to be laid.

    Evolution of Security in Mobile Networks – Impact of 5G

    Sponsored by: A10 Networks
    Topic: Mobile Security
    Description: This Research Brief put together by AvidThink delves into the evolution of the mobile network and explores new threats. It also provides guidance on appropriate strategies for mobile service providers to deal with the onslaught of new attacks in the face of an explosion in traffic as well as techniques to improve performance and efficiency in key areas.

    Secure SD-WAN: Seeking the Holy Grail

    Sponsored by: Versa Networks
    Topic: SD-WAN
    Description: Many enterprises are still confused about what a secure SD-WAN solution entails and wondering how they should evaluate a vendor’s security capabilities. AvidThink has put together a research brief designed to address this gap by examining the key security elements that an SD-WAN platform must have. Reading the brief will provide enterprises with an understanding of the key areas for secure SD-WAN platform evaluation.

    Networking for Multi-Cloud – An SD-WAN Perspective

    Sponsored by: Riverbed
    Topic: SD-WAN
    Description: This Research Brief helps enterprises with multi-cloud deployments concretely assess how SD-WAN technologies can help by simplifying the creation of network connections, encrypting and securing those connections, and reducing and optimizing use of bandwidth over those connections. We also explore how increased visibility provided by SD-WAN platforms with network performance capabilities can improve troubleshooting times, assist with capacity planning and reduce bandwidth costs.

    Cutting through the SD-WAN Confusion: A Handy Guide for Enterprises

    Sponsored by: Nuage Networks From Nokia
    Topic: SD-WAN
    Description: With more and more SD-WAN offerings cropping up every week, sorting through the list of SD-WAN vendors isn’t an easy task. The key to success for enterprises is to first understand their WAN needs before engaging a vendor. In this research brief, we lay out a five-step process for SD-WAN solution selection along with a set of solution attributes that should be considered.

    Achieving Early Success in Edge Deployments

    Sponsored by: Ericsson
    Topic: Edge Computing
    Description: Edge computing is the hot new area of focus for communication service providers (CSPs) and technology vendors alike. It promises a huge return for those who find a way to invest early and capture the value of this new field of deployment. Our latest brief on edge computing aims to provide insight into the most common pitfalls in building out the edge and provides recommendations on how to maximize success at the edge for operators.

2018 Reports

    Container Infrastructure – What You Need to Known in 2018

    Provides a broad look across the container ecosystem from Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) to in-house private clouds with containers.


    Cloud Orchestration and DevOps Report: Scaling Clouds – Infrastructure Orchestration and DevOps at Scale

    Covers the latest in cloud management and DevOps including infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and containers-as-a-Service (CaaS). Includes future of serverless/functions-as-a-service technologies.


    2018 NFV Report Series Part 1: NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) and VIM

    Examines the latest in NFVI hardware, including hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) and alternative CPU architectures such as ARM, and includes an update on the status of the VIM market, including OpenStack and VMware vCloud.


    2018 NFV Report Series Part 2: Rising roles of MANO, LSO and Assurance

    Covers the evolution of the MANO, including VNF manager and the NFV orchestrator, examines the role that MEF LSO plays, and looks at the importance of assurance in the overall NFV stack.


    2018 NFV Report Series Part 3: State of the VNF Ecosystem

    Examines the different categories of VNFs available and how they power the most popular use cases in the market today.


    2018 Next-Gen Data Center Networking

    Examines the latest in data center networking, including high-speed connectivity, accelerated NICs, SDN, automation, and intent-based orchestration.


    2018 Future of the Converged Data Center

    Covers the latest in converged infrastructure platforms that integrate hyperscale and rack-scale hardware with virtualized software stacks for compute and storage.