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The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Network – Software Defined Solutions and Services for the UK report finds that many organizations are adopting software-defined networks (SDN) as part of broader modernization programs aimed at becoming more agile and competitive in new business conditions. SDN as a technology or managed service allows organizations to address each user’s unique needs, including required access, applications, and priority.
“As part of the shift to software-defined everything, UK companies are increasingly transforming their networks,” said Jon Harrod, Director, Network Advisory, at ISG in the UK.
According to the report, business transformations are happening in two phases for most UK companies. First, organizations evaluate and standardize their people, processes, and tools, a step that typically involves migrating from traditional networks controlled by command-line interfaces to software-defined services. Then they transform the operations around the technology.
While several UK-based telcos had already developed products to implement Software-Defined-Everything (SDx) and deliver it as a service, some customers complained that the providers’ product partners created restrictions on how services could be scaled up and down, says ISG. Gradually, airlines’ established relationships with companies became open to renewal. Now more and more system integrators are building custom solutions and providing them as services to the carriers.
The number of companies buying solutions outright to manage and operate themselves is still growing in the UK, but the trend is now towards fully managed or co-managed solutions, the report says. Some DIY organizations are turning back to suppliers for a co-managed approach.
In the last 12 to 18 months, the market has also shifted from private to public networks, according to ISG. This change was prompted by the adoption of distributed networks during the pandemic, which has also led to the integration of LAN and WAN domains.
The report examines a wide range of trends and issues surrounding software-defined networking in the UK, including the rise of the now-standard Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and the growth of intelligent edge networks.
The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Network – Software-Defined Solutions and Services UK report assesses the capabilities of 53 providers across five quadrants: Managed SD-WAN Services, SDN Transformation Services (Consulting and Implementation), Enterprise Networks Technology and Service Suppliers, Edge technologies and services and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).
The report cites BT, Deutsche Telekom, HCL, Orange Business Services, Tech Mahindra, Vodafone and Wipro as leaders in all five quadrants. It names Colt, Tata Communications and VMO2B as leaders in three quadrants each, and Aryaka, Cisco and NTT as leaders in two quadrants each. Lumen, Microland, Nokia, TCS, Verizon, Versa, and VMware are each identified as leaders in a quadrant.
In addition, Microland is identified in three quadrants as a Rising Star – a company with a “promising portfolio” and “high future potential” according to the ISG definition. Computacenter and Tata Communications are each recognized as Rising Stars in one quadrant.
Custom versions of the report are available from Microland, Tata Communications and Virgin Media O2.
The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Network — Software-Defined Solutions and Services for the United Kingdom report is available for subscription or one-time purchase on this website.
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The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider assessment of its kind that combines empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experiences and observations of ISG’s global consulting team. Businesses will find a wealth of in-depth data and market analysis to help them select suitable sourcing partners, while ISG consultants use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG’s corporate clients. The study currently includes providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the US, Canada, Brazil, UK, France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with more markets being added should in the future. For more information on ISG Provider Lens research, visit this webpage.
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