Digital Infrastructure Strategies

Analysys Mason's Digital Infrastructure Strategies research programme helps clients to understand the impact of the transformation of the network into multi-cloud digital infrastructure. The programme covers the key building-block technologies such as network function virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), cloud-native computing, edge computing, network slicing and open/disaggregated networking. It monitors the adoption of 'digital' behaviours (including DevOps, IT/network convergence, 'automate-first mindset' and cloud-native platform thinking), which are requirements for reinventing the network as digital infrastructure. 

The programme provides analysis that enables clients to embrace the network as digital infrastructure and to minimise the challenges related to this shift. Our research includes competitive analyses, forecasts, roadmaps and business case analyses for the key components of digital infrastructure: NFV, SDN and cloud computing. It helps clients to make sense of network transformation and the potential value chain disruption that it entails, understand the benefits and adopt best practices.

Key Themes

  • Multi-cloud infrastructure. The architecture and adoption of the new multi-cloud digital infrastructure (5G core, edge, vRAN, public and hybrid clouds), its underpinnings (cloud-native computing, NFV infrastructure (NFVI) and related acceleration technologies) and the disruption that it causes in the value chain.
  • Cloud-native computing. The emerging Kubernetes ecosystem is the cloud-native environment that will underpin 5G digital infrastructure, services and virtual network functions (VNFs). We analyse the drivers and implications of adopting Kubernetes for operators and vendors from both a digital infrastructure and operational automation perspective. We also consider the obstacles that they will encounter during the process of adoption and the strategies that they can use to overcome these issues.
  • Edge computing. Digital infrastructure needs to be extended to the edge of the network (central offices and base stations) in order to support network virtualisation and 5G use cases, thereby creating a new set of architectural challenges.
  • Open/disaggregated SDN ecosystem. Cloud-native computing, enterprise networking requirements, 5G and edge are putting pressure on traditional networking infrastructure to disaggregate. This is opening up opportunities for new market entrants with open SDN components.
  • Benchmarking and case studies. Communications service providers (CSPs) are making slow progress in transforming their networks into digital infrastructure, but the leaders clearly have best practices to share with others. We will capture these in case studies and other benchmarks.

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