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Global SDN Peaks At U.S. $8 Billion By 2018

August 25, 2014

Emmanuel Okwuke

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) continues to gain ground within the broader enterprise and cloud service provider markets for data Centre networking.

According to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide SDN market for the enterprise and cloud service provider segments will grow from $960 million in 2014 to over $8 billion by 2018, representing a robust Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 89.4 per cent.

This forecast for the SDN ecosystem includes in-use physical network infrastructure, controller and network-virtualisation software, SDN network and security services and related applications, and SDN-related professional services.

Software-defined networking is an innovative architectural model that is capable of delivering automated provisioning, network virtualisation, and network programmability to datacentre and enterprise networks.

SDN has emerged as a key driver for innovation and change in networking as several market and technology factors converge: Growth of cloud applications and services across enterprise and cloud providers focus on converged infrastructures (compute/storage/network) and on the software-defined datacentre.

They also focus on lessons learned regarding the benefits and best practices of server virtualisation have become apparent; increased demand for network flexibility to support mission-critical technologies based on 3rd Platform technologies, particularly cloud, mobility, Big Data, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

"SDN is taking centre stage among innovative approaches to some of the networking challenges brought about by the rise of the 3rd Platform, particularly virtualisation and cloud computing," said Vice President, Network Infrastructure at IDC, Rohit Mehra,

"With SDN's growing traction in the datacentre for cloud deployments, enterprise IT is beginning to see the value in potentially extending SDN to the WAN and into the campus to meet the demand for more agile approaches to network architecture, provisioning, and operations."

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Source: AllAfrica

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