Multi-Cloud networking



This programme focuses on the cloud-native and software-defined networking (SDN)-based transformation of IP networking technologies and services to support the connectivity requirements of distributed applications across multiple clouds. It examines the architectural building blocks and trends of emerging multi-cloud connectivity platforms that offer networks-as-a-service (NaaS) to application developers. It also explores vendor, operator and challenger service provider market opportunities.


  • Network-as-a-service (NaaS). Analysing the architectural vision and adoption of multi-cloud NaaS platforms and services. 
  • IP network disaggregation and operations. Exploring the adoption of disaggregated, cloud-native and software-defined IP networking technologies to support programmable connectivity services and cost efficiencies.
  • Cloud-native Layer 4–7 services. Analysing the evolution of L4–7 services and their role in multi-cloud NaaS platforms.

Questions answered

  • NaaS. Who are the main players in the emerging multi-cloud NaaS value chain? What is the market size and forecast for multi-cloud NaaS providers?
  • NaaS. What is the role of APIs in building multi-cloud NaaS platforms? What are the opportunities and challenges?
  • IP network disaggregation and operations. What is the state of the IP network disaggregation market? What are the use cases and what impact disaggregation is having on operational processes and automation?
  • IP network disaggregation and operations. What is the role of networking technologies such as segment routing and service mesh in multi-cloud NaaS and IP disaggregation?
  • Cloud-native L4–7 services. What is the impact of cloud-native transformation of L4–7 services on the value chain and NaaS ecosystems?

Programme head Gorkem Yigit

Gorkem Yigit Research Director