This is the time of year for predictions, and I can't resist the chance to polish off my crystal ball and look ahead. It sure beats looking back at last year's forecast! So here's my top five things that will impact The New IP in 2015:
The Rise of Dev-Ops:
We have repeatedly heard how network operators want to break down the traditional silos that exist within their organizations and develop more horizontal structures. The dev-ops model represents one way of doing that, while also enabling new services to come to market more quickly and new iterations of those services to be continually in development. Most operators already aspire to this approach but 2015 will be the year they begin to put it into motion.
Tighter Focus on New Business Models:
Whether this means vendors rethink how they package technology as software and charge for it, network operators seek new ways to price and package services, or video content creators realize the old PayTV models are broken, the ability for business models to be more flexible and adaptable to market conditions is something to which everyone will aspire in 2015. Will these new models actually emerge and succeed? That depends on who's willing to be aggressive on this front.
Continued Dithering on Net Neutrality:
The Tom Wheeler Era has only one year to run before election politics take over so if something is going to happen on this front, it has to happen soon. Under the shadow of an all-Republican Congress and the reality that any real action on this front will be immediately challenged in court, however, it's hard to imagine anything actually happens. Please, please prove me wrong on this one.
MANO, VCOMP, Whatever-You-Call-It Continues to Gate NFV Some functions, such as virtual CPE, are largely ready to rock and roll, but the orchestration of distributed virtual functions remains a murky place. This will be a significant year of progress on the network orchestration and management front, but many issues will persist and complicate the broader move to NFV.
The New IP will become the way we view the future of networking. We have made this point several times and in several ways on this site since its launch in September, so I won't reiterate them all here, but you can check it out here.
You can also check out some other interesting predictions/reflections below: