The programmable network: the value proposition and use cases for enterprises

22 September 2023 | Research

Gorkem Yigit

Perspective | PDF (14 pages) | Edge and Media Platforms


"We are seeing a new wave of disruption and innovation, but this time it is the network, hitherto controlled and managed by operators, that will be placed in the hands of application developers."

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The arrival of cloud computing caused a revolution in enterprise IT because it gave developers control of compute and storage resources that were previously the domain of proprietary operations staff. Today we are seeing a second wave of disruption and innovation, but this time it is the network, which was hitherto controlled and managed by operators, that will be placed in the hands of application developers. As with cloud computing, the ability to embed advanced network capabilities into application architecture will open up a new set of potential use cases, enabling enterprises to generate new revenue and increase productivity. 

This report includes discussion of the following topics

  • The value proposition of programmable networks for enterprises
    • Programmable networks will play a crucial role in delivering the promise of Industry 4.0
    • Programmable networks can boost innovation and help to create new services
    • Programmable networks will help enterprises to address their immediate operational challenges
    • Programmable networks can address enterprises’ complex technology, connectivity and security challenges
  • How enterprises can start to use programmable networks today
    • Emerging categories of use cases
  • How enterprises can boost their application portfolio by embedding programmatic network capabilities
    • Enterprises can gain access to programmatic networks directly, indirectly or via a hybrid model
    • Considerations for enterprises when looking for a partner that can expose network capabilities
    • Considerations for enterprises when looking for partners in their broader ecosystem

The programmable network: the value proposition and use cases for enterprises

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