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Infonetics survey shows 87% of businesses intend to have SDN live in the data center by 2016 in N. America
[July 29, 2014]

Infonetics survey shows 87% of businesses intend to have SDN live in the data center by 2016 in N. America

(Marketwire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CAMPBELL, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/29/14 -- Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2014 SDN Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey, which analyzes the trends and assesses the needs of corporate private-network businesses deploying software-defined networking (SDN) in their data centers and campus LANs.

ANALYST NOTE"Software-defined networking (SDN) spells opportunity for existing and new vendors, and the time to act is now. The leaders in the SDN market serving the enterprise will be solidified during the next two years as lab trials give way to live production deployments in 2015 and significant growth by 2016. The timelines for businesses moving from lab trials to live production for the data center and LAN are almost identical," notes Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., directing analyst for data center, cloud, and SDN at Infonetics Research.

Continues Grossner: "There's still some work to do on the part of SDN vendors. Expectations for SDN are clear, but there are still serious concerns about the maturity of the technology and the business case. Vendors need to work with their lead enterprise customers to complete lab trials and provide public demonstrations of success." SDN SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS Infonetics' enterprise respondents are expanding the number of data center sites and LAN sites they operate over the next 2 years and are investing significant capital on servers and LAN Ethernet switching equipmentA majority of survey respondents are currently conducting data center SDN lab trials or will do so this year; 45% are planning to have SDN in live production in the data center in 2015, growing to 87% in 2016 Respondents' plans for LAN SDN are nearly identical to their data center plansAmong respondents, the top drivers for deploying SDN are improving management capabilities and improving application performance, while potential network interruptions and interoperability with existing network equipment are the leading barriersMeanwhile, enabling hybrid cloud is dead last on the list of drivers, a sign that SDN vendors have some work to do in educating enterprises that SDN can be an important enabler of hybrid cloud architecturesOn average, 17% of respondents' data center Ethernet switch ports are on bare metal switches, and only 21% of those are in-use for SDNNearly ¼ of businesses surveyed are ready to consider non-traditional network vendors for their SDN applications and orchestration softwareSDN SURVEY SYNOPSISFor its 42-page SDN enterprise survey, Infonetics interviewed 101 purchase-decision makers at medium and large North American organizations that are implementing software-defined networks (SDNs) now or planning to evaluate SDNs by the end of 2015. The survey provides new data on how the enterprise SDN market is evolving, including insights on the intent of corporate private network buyers to help vendors determine how to invest in product development and position their products in the marketplace. The study delves into deployment drivers and barriers, rollout plans, applications, use cases, vendors installed and under evaluation, and top-rated vendors. To buy the report, contact Infonetics:

INFONETICS IS HIRINGInfonetics Research is hiring analysts, account directors, research, and audience development people. See jobs at

RELATED REPORT EXCERPTS Infonetics' latest Data Center, Cloud, and SDN research brief: US$1 trillion to be spent on telecom and datacom equipment and software over next 5 yearsInfonetics releases Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers report16G Fibre Channel ramping fast, already 42% of the global SAN market in 1Q14Ethernet 10G and 100G service revenue set to grow 300% by 2018SDN and NFV to bring about shift in data center security investmentsADC and WAN optimization markets being reenergized by IPOs and startups' SDN playCloud service providers and enterprises on divergent paths when it comes to public cloudRECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCHDownload Infonetics' 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at

Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers (June)Analyst Note: Vendors Say Cloud Is Imperative, Users Say, "Not So Fast" (June)Analyst Note: LTE is Over, Here Comes 5G! (June)Analyst Note: Michael Howard Interviews Martin Casado, Father of SDN (June)Total Telecom and Datacom Network Equipment and Software Pivot (July)Data Center and Enterprise SDN Hardware and Software Forecast (Aug.)Data Center Network Equipment Forecast - 2Q14 (Sept.)SAN and Converged Data Center Network Equipment Forecast - 2Q14 (Sept.)Data Center SDN Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey (Fall 2014)Telecommunications Equipment Vendor Scorecard (Fall 2014)INFONETICS WEBINARSVisit to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on-demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

Making Your Network Run Hotter With SDN (Sept. 4: Learn more)The Role of NFV in Mobile Networks (Sept. 25: Learn more)SDN and NFV Roundup of Trials and Deployments (Oct. 23: Learn more)Respond Faster to Security Threats and Breaches (View on-demand)NFV: An Easier Initial Target Than SDN? (View on-demand)Making Mobile Backhaul Flexible with NFV and SDN (Sponsorships available)SDN and Hybrid Cloud: Getting the Most from the WAN (Sponsorships available)Architecting Application Delivery Control for SDN (Sponsorships available)SDN: vSwitch or ToR, Where is the Network Intelligence, and Why? (Sponsorships available)TO BUY REPORTS, CONTACT: N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard +1 408-583-3335N.A. (East, Midwest), L. America, EMEA: Scott Coyne +1 408-583-3395Greater China, SE Asia, India: ???? Jeffrey Song +86 21-3919-8505Japan ?? Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics +81 3-6408-5566South Korea ???? Doug Moon, MBAP +82 2-3453-9400 ABOUT INFONETICSInfonetics Research ( 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 effectively. View Infonetics' About Us slides here.

Image Available: PRESS CONTACT: Cliff Grossner, Ph.D.

Directing Analyst, Data Center, Cloud, and SDN Infonetics Research +1-408-583-3385 Email contact Twitter: Email contact Source: Infonetics Research

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