Virtual CPE: Virtually Ready to Cut Costs, Drive Revenue & Disenfranchise Vendors
|出版日期||內容資訊||英文 20 Pages
|虛擬CPE:為降低成本，促進收益，奪走供應商特權的準備幾乎就緒 Virtual CPE: Virtually Ready to Cut Costs, Drive Revenue & Disenfranchise Vendors|
|出版日期: 2014年04月30日||內容資訊: 英文 20 Pages||
Customer premises equipment (CPE), whether designed for businesses or residential customers, has always presented operators with a challenge. CPE is needed in large volumes, can be complex and costs a lot to provide. It also must be delivered, installed and maintained, which is expensive; and, in many cases, multiple devices may be needed (especially in the enterprise market), resulting in substantial physical space and power requirements. Furthermore, as customers and markets evolve, it can be difficult to upgrade CPE with new capabilities - where replacement technology is required, this can be a major barrier to innovation.
When a group of global operators presented their collective desire to virtualize large parts of their networks in October 2012, CPE was identified as a key area for virtualization. The theory was that reducing the number, or complexity, of devices that need to be installed at the customer premises by virtualizing features and services, and hosting those features and services either in central data centers, at the network edge or even on low cost devices at end-user premises, would enable many of the costs associated with CPE installation and maintenance to be reduced. At the same time, service providers' ability to introduce new services could be improved. This is true in both enterprise and consumer markets.
What is already apparent is that CPE virtualization will disrupt supply chains. It will create opportunities for new market entrants - both CPE specialists, and players expert at delivering managed virtualized applications from the network edge. CPE vendors that are slow to meet operators' needs will fall by the wayside.
Many enterprise CPE vendors with market share to protect are generally holding onto the view that their own devices are too important to virtualize and that the features they deliver must be run locally. This is certainly the message they continued to promote privately when we spoke to them in doing the research for this report.
However, enterprise CPE vendors are generally behind the providers of core and edge networking equipment and technologies in espousing their virtualization visions. These players will have a wake-up call as the market is evolving fast.
CPE vendors will need to decide on the appropriate mix of on-device or virtualized capabilities, and either to partner with companies to manage the virtualized applications as they migrate into the network or develop the capabilities to host them themselves. They must decide whether to dumb down devices, or to enhance them. And they must provide solutions that enable service providers to effectively upgrade devices or services without incurring substantial cost.
‘Virtual CPE: Virtually Ready to Cut Costs, Drive Revenue & Disenfranchise Vendors’ looks at the state of development of CPE virtualization, reviewing latest thinking about what can be virtualized, how CPE might evolve and who is making the early running. It also profiles nine leading vendors in the virtual CPE market.
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Excerpt: CPE Virtualization Timeline
Source: Heavy Reading Insider
Most are still planning their responses to CPE virtualization, but nearly all the vendors we have spoken to have said they will be making new product/service announcements soon. We expect most of these to make initial announcement toward the end of 2014. The following excerpt shows our projected timeline for CPE virtualization.
Companies profiled in this report include: ActiveVideo Networks Inc.; Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD); Digisoft.tv Ltd.; Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC); Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR); NEC Corp. (TYO: 6701); Overture Networks Inc.; and RAD Data Communications Ltd.