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Decode The New Networking Alphabet Soup

Use Forrester's Networking Dictionary To Navigate Emerging Technologies

June 6, 2019

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Networking terms like software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), virtual network function (VNF), and service chaining have become a common vernacular among networking vendors that want to help organizations support a virtualized, mobile, and cloud world. These terms are popular in articles and with conference speakers, but many surveys, articles, and reports indicate that infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals are confused about what these terms mean and how they're related. In this report, we define the terms and their relationships. This is an update to a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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  • Networking Terminology Confusion Poses A Risk To Your Business
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