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Infonetics carrier survey exposes the hope and hype of SDNs

 

Campbell, CALIFORNIA, July 23, 2012—Market research firm Infonetics Research published its new SDN, 40G/100G, and MPLS Control Plane Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, for which carriers with routers and carrier Ethernet switches (CES) in their data networks were interviewed to assess their needs and to analyze trends in data networks.


ANALYST NOTE

“The networking industry is riding up the hockey stick curve of hype based on the hopes of new software-defined network (SDN)/programmable network technologies,” notes Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks at Infonetics Research. “And while many uncertainties surround SDNs due to their newness, our survey confirms that the programmable network movement is real, with a good majority of service providers worldwide considering or planning purchases of SDN technologies to simplify network provisioning and to create services and virtual networks in ways not previously possible.”


Howard adds: “What’s striking here is that most of these SDNs don’t exist yet or are, at best, ill defined."


SDNs, 40G/100G AND MPLS SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • OpenFlow is the most developed programmable network initiative, and 80% of survey respondents are including it in their purchase considerations
  • 95% of service providers surveyed plan to deploy 100GE interfaces; most will not use 40GE
  • IP/MPLS (with control plane) is much more popular than MPLS-TP among surveyed service providers

SURVEY SYNOPSIS

Infonetics' July 2012 22-page SDN survey is based on interviews with purchase-decision makers at 21 incumbent, independent wireless, and competitive operators from around the world with carrier Ethernet switches (CES) and IP edge routers in their data network. Infonetics asked operators about their deployment plans for 40G and 100G interfaces on routers or CES, reasons for considering SDNs and programmable networks, and the roles of Ethernet, IP/MPLS, and MPLS TP and other protocols on their data networks. To buy the survey, contact Infonetics sales: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.


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  • N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard, larry@infonetics.com, +1-408-583-3335
  • N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne, scott@infonetics.com, +1-408-583-3395
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic, george@infonetics.com, +44-755-488-1623
  • Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp

INFONETICS IS HIRING

Infonetics is expanding rapidly and is looking to hire more analysts, including a senior Industry Analyst: Mobile and Home Networking Devices; Market Analyst: Enterprise VoIP; Market Research Manager; and more. See http://bit.ly/jmXOYO for job descriptions.


Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.


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"Infonetics' survey confirms that the programmable network movement is real, with a good majority of service providers worldwide considering or planning purchases of SDN technologies..."

Michael Howard
Principal Analyst, Carrier Networks

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