Network disaggregation is expanding well beyond the realm of hyperscale, addressing a growing number of use cases and lucrative addressable markets. It is finding favor in modern datacenters, in datacenter interconnect scenarios, and at communications service providers, where it is being used by telcos and cable multiple system operators (MSOs) in internet exchange points (IXPs), passive optical networks, cloud gateways at the service provider edge, and 4G and 5G edge cell-site routing.

The economics and relevance of network disaggregation were proven in hyperscale datacenters, but the next wave of network disaggregation will occur at the datacenters of other cloud operators and large enterprises as well as in the telco clouds and edge infrastructure of communications service providers.

IDC has developed an IDC Technology Spotlight, sponsored by IP Infusion, on “Network Disaggregation: Extending Beyond Hyperscale to Datacenter Operators and Telco Cloud/Edge” which provides an overview on network disaggregation and outlines its benefits and key industry trends.

The decoupling of the network operating system from the underlying network hardware (switches and routers) confers numerous benefits, all of which derive from the choice and flexibility that are inherent to network disaggregation.

Customers leveraging IP Infusion’s DANOS-Vyatta edition get the benefits of an underlying open-source offering that has been fully hardened in AT&T’s network. DANOS -Vyatta edition provides a hardware abstraction that enables it to easily run on multiple white-box platforms. The initial use case supported by DANOS-Vyatta edition enables cell-site routers for LTE and 5G mobile networks.

Read about the next wave of network disaggregation will occur at the datacenters of other cloud operators and large enterprises as well as in the telco clouds and edge infrastructure of communications service providers, in this special IDC Technology Spotlight on Network Disaggregation.