Campbell, CALIFORNIA (February 27, 2015)—Technology market research firm Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), conducted in-depth surveys with 153 medium and large businesses in North America and found that 79 percent are planning to have software-defined networking (SDN) in live production in the data center in 2017.
Infonetics’ study, Data Center SDN Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey, provides new data on how the enterprise data center SDN market is evolving, including insights on the intent of enterprise buyers to help vendors determine how to invest in product development and position their products in the marketplace.
“We asked enterprises from which vendors they plan to source data center SDN hardware and software for the physical network, network OS, controller, orchestration software, applications, and virtual network overlays. Many will turn to incumbent network vendors, of course, but a big ‘a-ha’ moment for us was seeing how many plan to look to non-incumbent network vendors, including third-party SDN vendors, open source vendors, existing virtualization vendors and others,” Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., research director for data center, cloud and SDN at Infonetics Research, said.
“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. 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,” Grossner said.
MORE DATA CENTER SDN SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS
- Cisco by far (71 percent), then IBM, Juniper and VMware were named most by enterprises when asked whom they consider to be the top three SDN hardware or software vendors, a measure that reflects a vendor’s overall brand strength
- 65 percent of survey respondents are currently conducting data center SDN lab trials or will do so in 2015
- Respondents’ expectations for SDN in the data center are clear: they want better security, application performance, and simplified management — without causing network interruptions
- Popular data center SDN use cases include automation for disaster recovery, provisioning, application deployment, and enabling hybrid cloud
- Data center orchestration software represents one of the biggest opportunities for third-party SDN vendors and existing virtualization vendors
SDN SURVEY SYNOPSIS
Infonetics’ 31-page SDN enterprise study analyzes the trends and assesses the needs of businesses deploying software-defined networking (SDN) in the data center. The survey delves into deployment drivers and barriers, rollout plans, applications, use cases, vendors installed and under evaluation, and top rated vendors. To purchase the report, contact www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.
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