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Infonetics Survey: Operators Internalizing API Development, Name Huawei and Oracle Top SDP Vendors

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2014 SDP Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, which explores operators’ strategies for deploying service delivery platforms (SDPs), use cases driving their deployments, and their views of the major vendors playing in the SDP market.

SDP ANALYST NOTE

“Interest in service exposure and APIs (application programming interfaces) continues to grow, driven by operators’ desire to interject themselves into the over-the-top value chain,” notes Shira Levine, directing analyst, service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research.

“However,” Levine continues, “We saw less interest in this year’s SDP survey in pursuing the so-called ‘long tail’ approach, where APIs are made available to third parties, suggesting that operators are more likely to leverage APIs as part of a strategy to work with internal developers and partners in creating and delivering new services.”

SDP SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Time to market is again the chief business driver for respondents’ service delivery platform (SDP) investments, followed closely by exposing APIs for internal development teams
  • Leading the list of SDP deployment barriers are cost and complexity
  • Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software is playing a major role in SDP strategies: 41% of respondents say their SDPs will be COTS-based with just minor customization, and an additional 9% reveal their SDPs will be based entirely on COTS
  • Half of respondent operators indicated they are considering deploying SDPs in an internal cloud model, while 23% are evaluating an external cloud model
  • Just 14% percent of respondents named the marketing department as the budget-holder for SDPs, down from 33% in last year’s survey
  • When asked who they consider to be the top SDP suppliers, those surveyed most often named Huawei and Oracle (tied for 1st), then Ericsson and OpenCloud (tied for 2nd)

ABOUT INFONETICS’ SDP SURVEY

For its 24-page SDP strategies and vendor leadership survey, Infonetics interviewed purchase-decision makers at mobile and convergent operators in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and North America that have SDPs in place or will by 2015. The report covers SDP deployment strategies, drivers, use cases, barriers, integration, maintenance, and suppliers. SDP vendors examined: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, HP, IBM, Intel (Aepona), NSN, Opencloud, Oracle, ZTE. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH

Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at http://www.infonetics.com/login.

INFONETICS WEBINARS

Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • New DNS-based DDoS Attacks Demand Advanced Mitigation Tools (Apr. 29: Attend)
  • NFV: The Nitty Gritty (May 8: Attend)
  • Monetizing APIs: Market Trends, Use Cases, and Reality Check (View on-demand)
  • Adding Value to the Network with Integrated Policy and Charging (View on-demand)
  • Deploying IMS in the Cloud with NFV (View on-demand)
  • The Role of Service Delivery Platforms in M2M (May 20: Sponsor)
  • Incorporating Policy and Charging Control into SDNs (June 17: Sponsor)

TO BUY REPORTS, CONTACT:

N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard, [email protected], +1 408-583-3335

N. America (East, Midwest), L. America: Scott Coyne, [email protected], +1 408-583-3395

EMEA, India, Singapore: George Stojsavljevic, [email protected], +44 755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp

ABOUT INFONETICS

Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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