There was a flurry of new this week in the network functions virtualization and software-defined networking arena. That included the introduction of yet another industry consortium addressing NFV, the publication of a new report on the platform market, and the acquisition of a consulting and research firm that has been closely tracking the NFV and SDN space.
The new industry group is called the OPNFV Project. This community, made up of infrastructure and software companies, is developing an open source reference platform for NFV in an effort to expedite the implementation of NFV and the introduction of new products and services related to it.
Application delivery controller supplier Array Networks is among the founding members of the OPNFV Project. Array sells a multitenant application delivery controller appliance called the AVX10650.
As for the above-noted study, that comes from International Data Corp.
The firm’s new “Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Tracker” reports that global revenue related to integrated infrastructure and platforms increased 28.1 percent this year over 2013, generating $2.3 billion in the third quarter of 2014.
"While core IT hardware markets exhibited modest growth in 2014, the integrated systems market is experiencing significant growth," said Jed Scaramelloa, research director of enterprise servers at IDC. "In the past year IT vendors have invested heavily in product portfolios and go-to-market efforts for integrated systems, resulting in increased adoption among customer IT environments."
Also this week, another well-known research firm was acquired.
Infonetics Research, which has been following the communications space since being established in 1990, is now part of IHS Inc., a large and growing market research outfit out of Colorado that delivers analysis on the aerospace and defense, automotive, chemical, energy, health care, maritime, and technology verticals.
As the press release announcing the acquisition noted, Infonetics is one of the most influential research firms in the telecom and IT industry and is frequently first to market with intelligence on emerging technologies such as NFV and SDN.
J’Amy Stewart, CEO and co-founder of Infonetics, said: “The synergy between IHS and Infonetics is significant. IHS has a global sales force in 32 countries, very complementary technology coverage, and the majority of the Global Fortune 500 and U.S. Fortune 1000 companies as clients.”