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As insurers adopt digital technology, the role of the backbone network becomes critical. Software-defined networks (SDNs) offer insurers a way to deliver organizational agility while also reducing network infrastructure operating costs.


  • This report uses Ovum's ICT Enterprise Insights survey data to examine insurers' business objectives and how these are driving investment in SDNs and cloud-based infrastructure to provide agility while also reducing the operating costs of core ICT infrastructure.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates how insurers are responding to the need for flexible core network infrastructures.
  • Identifies strategies that insurers can adopt to implement a flexible core network.

Key questions answered

  • To what extent is the insurance sector adopting SDN technology?
  • What role is there for software-defined networks within insurance carriers?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

The digital insurer needs a technology backbone that offers agility and efficiency

  • The network must deliver performance and agility
  • Efficiency and security remain prerequisites driving a need for the transformation of IT capability

Insurers need to adopt a software-defined approach to their network

  • The networks should pool resources, centralize orchestration, and automate change
  • Insurers need to actively incorporate cloud to support the level of ICT change needed


  • Methodology
  • Author
  • Copyright notice and disclaimer

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