2023 ISG Provider Lens™ Network — Software Defined Solutions and Services Report

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Report Author: Dr. Kenn D Walters, ISG Global Lead Analyst and Executive Advisor


Networks and software-defined solutions and services encompass many technological topics, business coverage areas, organizational functions, and business processes and methods. These solutions are closely related to the digitalization, enhanced security and cloudification trends of enterprises globally. This ISG Provider Lens™ study examines multiple network service and solution offerings related to software-defined networking (SDN) in the U.S. These include managed SD-WAN and associated core and mobility technologies and service offerings related to these segments, transformation services, edge technologies and secure access service edge (SASE).

  • The primary factors driving rapid change in enterprise networks, including simplifying management and reducing risk with cloud-based applications.
  • Insights on how SDN forms the basis for enabling, simplifying and de-risking the implementation of next-generation networks, including multi-cloud and SASE migrations.
  • Evaluation of current network solutions and managed services offerings
  • Analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of relevant providers to guide evaluation and assessment.

This research report compares provider strengths, challenges and competitive differentiators.

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