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SDN and NFV Simplified: A Visual Guide to Understanding Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization by Jim Doherty

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22. The Economic Impact of SDN, NFV, and the Cloud

There is endless marketing chatter about software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and the cloud, and the gist of most of it is that “this is a good thing, and lots of people/companies are going to make or save a bunch of money.” Although this might be true, it’s not exactly useful information. Mostly it sounds like combinations of buzzwords and generalizations. In this chapter, we sort out the marketing blurbs from the economic realities by focusing on three subtopics:

Image Winners: These are the folks who directly benefit from SDN and the cloud. Who are they, and ...

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