IDC Sees Explosive Growth for SDN

Software-defined networking (SDN) looks like it's the right technology at the right time, "riding the wave of a 'perfect storm'," according to a new report from IDC, in which it projects that the worldwide SDN market for the enterprise and cloud service providers segments will increase 10-fold from 2013 to 2016, from $360 million to $3.7 billion.

"SDN's ability to decouple network logic and policies from the underlying network equipment allows for a more programmable network," Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure at IDC elaborated.

"Providing better alignment with the underlying applications, this programmability allows for greater levels of flexibility, innovation, and control in the network. Logic and policies that can be defined, changed, and modified result in a more dynamic network, providing the scale network administrators so desperately crave."

SDN providers will be able to capitalize on the confluence of several significant high-tech networking trends according to IDC, including:

  • growth of cloud services and applications
  • focus on converged infrastructures (computer/storage/network) and on the software-defined data center
  • lessons learned and benefits derived from server virtualization
  • customer frustration with the network's inability to provide the flexibility required to support virtualization, cloud, and mobility

Next year (2013) is likely to prove a year of reckoning for "many of the SDN-related solution providers, some of them in stealth mode," commented Brad Casemore, IDC research director, Datacenter Networks.

Written by Kevin Kutcher at 09:00
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