TMC Announces SDN Excellence & NFV Pioneer Award Winners

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC  |  April 14, 2015

Network functions virtualization and software-defined networking are among the top trends in networking today.

The large telcos have actively done trials of NFV and SDN in recent months, and some of them have already come out with commercial services based on these technologies. Enabling customers to provision their own services seems to be a key first use case for SDN, as Masergy Communications just last month introduced this capability, following in the footsteps of similar offerings from AT&T and NTT Communications.

As for other organizations, Infonetics Research (News - Alert) did a recent survey of 153 medium and large North American businesses. Results indicated 79 percent of them plan to use SDN in their data centers starting in 2017.

“As SDN in the enterprise data center grows legs in 2015, thought leadership in this nascent market will give way to market share leaders with measurable revenue,” says Infonetics analyst Cliff Grossner. “Now is the time for existing and new vendors to grab market share. Respondents are moving from lab trials in 2015 to production trials in 2016 and to live production in 2017.”

To recognize the best and brightest offering solutions in these categories, TMC bestows the NFV Pioneer and SDN Excellence Awards. Here is a list of this year’s circle of winners.

NFV Pioneer Award Winners

Accedian Networks (News - Alert) Inc.

SkyLIGHT VCX Controller


Cloud Voice Platform – Hosted NFV VoIP Solution


ContexNet 4.0

Masergy Communications Inc.

Cloud Router

Metaswitch Networks

Virtual Perimeta SBC

Overture Networks

Overture Ensemble Service Intelligence


FlowEngine TDE-1000 Intelligent Load Balancer

Radware Inc.

Alteon VA for NFV

Sansay Inc.


Telco Systems (News - Alert)

CloudMetro 100

Veryx Technologies Inc.


SDN Excellence Award Winners

Aryaka (News - Alert) Networks

Aryaka ONE

Big Switch Networks

Big Switch and Dell joint SDN solution

Cisco Systems Inc.

Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller


Citrix NetScaler Control Center


ContexNet 4.0

Fiber Mountin

Alpine Orchestration System


HP Network Optimizer

Masergy Communications Inc.

Cloud Sensor

Meru Networks

Meru Collaborator

MRV Communications

MRV OptiDriver Platform

NEC/NetCracker SDN/NFV Solutions

Service Orchestrator

Openwave Mobility (News - Alert)




Radware Inc.


Sonus Networks

Sonus Network as a Service IQ Platform

Talari Networks

Talari Aware

Telco Systems

CloudMetro 100

Edited by Stefania Viscusi