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1. NEC was one of the earliest networking players to see the potential benefits of SDN and has invested a large portion of its R&D on developing SDN software.

2. NEC has a large installed base of production SDN deployments (greater than 200) in both enterprise and service provider environments, including some of the largest production deployments of SDN in the market.

3. NEC has strong service capabilities to help potential customers deploy newer SDN solutions.

4. NEC has delivered a wide range of SDN-based networks across many use cases and geographies.


1. NEC has a limited portfolio of older hardware platforms suitable for data center deployments, making NEC increasingly dependent on other networking players to provide the physical network in an NEC-controlled SDN solution.

2. NEC has not released capabilities to directly support the DevOps community with tools such as Puppet, Chef and Ansible.

3. While NEC has global reach, their regional units act independently, which can create confusion and inconsistency on global delivery and product offerings. It has limited its presence largely to Japan and North America.

4. NEC has spent relatively little on marketing its capabilities, and therefore is often not considered on shortlists for enterprise opportunities.

Source: NEC