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Network Function Virtualization Market

Network function virtualization Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Component (Hardware, Software, Services), by Enterprise Size (Large Enterprises, SMEs), by End User (Service Providers, Data Centers, Enterprises): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031

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Author's: Vikas Sahebrao Gaikwad | Vineet Kumar
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Network Function Virtualization Market Research, 2031

The global network function virtualization market was valued at $21.90 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $180.67 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 23.8% from 2022 to 2031.

Network function virtualization (NFV) is a combination of hardware and software network that deals in virtual network. It assists in optimizing the networks and related operations, and reduces power consumption, thus decreasing equipment cost. It facilitates accessibility of several applications on one single network appliance. Decrease in capital and operational expenditure is a major advantage offered by network function virtualization. Furthermore, increase in deployment of virtualized software among enterprise data centers, including internet service providers (ISP) and cloud service providers (CSP), drives the market growth. Moreover, increase in demand for data-intensive applications and the need for cloud-based services are expected to provide lucrative growth opportunities for Network Function Virtualization Market Size.

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The network function virtualization market is segmented into Component, Enterprise Size and End User.By component, it is divided into hardware, solution and services. On the basis of enterprise size, it is categorized into large enterprises and SMEs. By end user, it is segregated into service providers, data centers and enterprises. Region wise, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

Network function virtualization Market by Component

On the basis of component, the hardware segment dominated the network function virtualization (NFV) market in 2021, and is expected to continue this trend during the forecast period. The virtualization of network functions reduces dependency on dedicated hardware appliances for network operators, and allows for improved scalability and customization across the entire network. Such benefits provide numerous opportunities for the growth of the hardware segment. However, services segment expected to witnesses the highest growth in the Network Function Virtualization Market Forecast period. Services play a vital role in the NFV market, as services focus on meeting client requirements, including reduced cost and enhanced software performance. There has been an increase in the adoption of services among end users over time, as it ensures effective functioning of software and platforms throughout the process.

Network function virtualization Market by Enterprise Size

On the basis of enterprise size, the large enterprises segment captured the largest market share in 2021, and is expected to continue this trend during the forecast period. Network function virtualization facilitates large enterprises for the expansion of network resources as well as new servers while minimizing the administrative burden. The combination of orchestration, automation, and programmability provided by virtualization enables the IT department of large enterprises to become more agile. However, SMEs segment is expected to witness the highest growth market share in the upcoming year. Surge in need to make business more streamlined, and rise in need to improve efficiency by shortening the time taken to troubleshoot a solution majorly drive the Network Function Virtualization Market Growth among small- & medium-sized businesses.

Network function virtualization Market by Region

Depending on the region, North America dominated the Network Function Virtualization Market Share in 2021. In this region, businesses are investing in their emerging technologies in order to implement streamline work processes. The NFV market in North America is aided by the early and fast adoption of technologies, such as cloud computing, software defined everything (SDx), and IoT. This favorable standards and networking regulations helps in boosting the market growth in this region. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to exhibit highest growth during the forecast period. The region has a robust IT infrastructure and solid software and service offerings. In addition, rise in penetration of cloud-based services drive growth of the market in this region.

Impact of COVID-19 on the network function virtualization (NFV) market trends

The network function virtualization (NFV) market was valued at $ 26.44 billion in 2022, and is projected to reach $180.67 billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 23.8%. The current estimation of 2031 is projected to be higher than pre-COVID-19 estimates. The Network Function Virtualization Industry is expected to grow rapidly after the pandemic, owing to changes in consumer behavior, purchasing patterns and dynamics of current market forces. Network function virtualization market has significantly grown in recent years, and is expected to grow further in the coming years despite of the slight downfall of market in the first half of pandemic. In addition, network function virtualization is anticipated to make a pronounced impact on the IT sector. During the pandemic, network function virtualization has been very advantageous for different industries as it implements various network functions, for instance load balancing, IP multimedia subsystems, firewall, mobile core, security, routing, or video. Moreover, it reduces the costs and improves scalability and resource management for an organization. Thus, many enterprises are deploying network function virtualization infrastructure. For instance, in Nov 22021, ZTE partnered with Airtel to boost digital transformation of voice network in Africa in evolving the traditional TDM gateway office to the IP-based and virtualized gateway office.

 

Top Impacting Factors  

Factors such as rise in adoption of NFV to reduce complexity, ease management and rapid advancement and accelerating digitalization in businesses fuels the growth of the market. In addition, increase in deployment of virtualized software among enterprises including data center and service provider drive the growth of the market. Furthermore, increase in adoption of emerging technologies such as 5G and Edge computing and rise in demand for cloud-based services is expected to provide lucrative growth opportunities for the market in the upcoming year. However, security issue and lack of standards hamper the market growth.

 

Increasing deployment of virtualized software among enterprises

The ever-increasing demand for digital infrastructure that incorporates private and cloud systems propels adoption of virtual applications technology. Virtualized software has been optimized to run on virtual infrastructure, which is more ideal scenario, which offers IT infrastructure more mobile, agile, and secure. Further, virtual desktop infrastructure allows to centrally manage the computers much faster than using traditional imaging technologies. Hence, offering lucrative opportunities for market growth. However, high rise associated with AI-powered virtualized software is propelling the growth of Network Function Virtualization Industry.

Furthermore, the emergence of ideas, such as multi-cloud platforms-based virtualized software, has been gaining popularity, which has been anticipated to enhancing adoption of virtualized software among enterprise including service provider and data center.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the network function virtualization market analysis from 2021 to 2031 to identify the prevailing network function virtualization market opportunities.
  • The market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the network function virtualization market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global network function virtualization market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Network function virtualization Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Network function virtualization Market By Component
By Component
  • Hardware
    • NFV Servers
    • Storage
    • Switches
  • Software
  • Services
    • Professional Services
    • Managed Services
Network function virtualization Market By Enterprise Size
By Enterprise Size
  • Large Enterprises
  • SMEs
Network function virtualization Market By End User
By End User
  • Service Providers
  • Data Centers
  • Enterprises
    • IT and Telecom
    • Consumer Goods and Retail
    • BFSI
    • Government and Defense
    • Healthcare
    • Others
Network function virtualization Market By Region
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe  (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
Key Market Players
Key Market Players

Mavenir, ZTE Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, Ciena Corporation, DELL EMC, Comba Telecom Systems, ECI Telecom, Affirmed Networks, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Juniper Networks, Inc., Ericsson, VMware, Inc., FUJITSU LIMITED, Wind River Systems, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., NetScout Systems, Inc., Nokia Corporation

Analyst Review

Enterprises have witnessed various changes in business processes, operations, and industrial automation. Moreover, organizations are shifting toward digitalization and increase in implementation of Industry 4.0 to cope with ongoing tough business competition. This eventually creates the need for network function virtualization (NFV) in sectors for enhance the work process.  Furthermore, Virtualized network function has gained high traction in recent years, owing to the rise in the adoption of cloud computing solutions globally. Further, the rise in virtual infrastructure across prime enterprises is driving the need for complex security applications for virtualized software; therefore, forecast to offers lucrative growth opportunities for the market growth. Furthermore, it allows users to maintain a secure network infrastructure within an enterprise. In addition, the rise in demand for self-service applications is expected to offer profitable opportunities for the market.

The global network function virtualization market is highly competitive, owing to the strong presence of existing vendors. The NFV vendors, who have access to extensive technical and financial resources, are anticipated to gain a competitive edge over their rivals, as they have the capacity to cater to the market requirements. The competitive environment in this market is expected to further intensify with increase in technological innovations, product extensions, and different strategies adopted by key vendors.

On the contrary, rise in growth of demand for hybrid cloud infrastructure globally are driving the need for next generation to enhance virtualization technology. Moreover, prime economics, such as Germany and Japan, plan to developing and deploying next-generation virtualization security across various sectors. For instance, the South Korean government has planned to invest $607 million into countries' cybersecurity capabilities, which is anticipated to provide lucrative opportunities for market growth.

Furthermore, these enhancements to Symantec Endpoint Security Complete (SESC) bring a new level of comprehensive security by eliminating common blind spots in most enterprise security infrastructures. In addition, enterprises are also constantly adding new features to SESC, such as “Granular Activity Recorder Rules,” to help analysts and system administrators collect data even more efficiently and eliminate unnecessary event noises. Such developments and advancements drive the growth of the market.

Author Name(s) : Vikas Sahebrao Gaikwad | Vineet Kumar
Frequently Asked Questions?

The network function virtualization (NFV) market was valued at $ 26.44 billion in 2022, and is projected to reach $180.67 billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 23.8%.

Increase in adoption of emerging technologies such as 5G and Edge computing and rise in demand for cloud-based services is expected to provide lucrative growth opportunities for the market in the upcoming year. However, security issue and lack of standards hamper the market growth

The enterprises segment dominated the growth in 2021

Depending on the region, North America dominated the market in 2021.

The market players operating in the network function virtualization (NFV) market, which includes Affirmed Networks, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Inc., Comba telecom systems, Dell EMC, ECI Telecom, Ericsson, Fujitsu Limited, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., NEC Corporation, Mavenir, NETSCOUT, Nokia Corporation, VMware, Inc., Wind River Systems, Inc. and ZTE Corporation.

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Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031