New Report Explores SDN

By Paula Bernier April 05, 2016

Mind Commerce has come out with a report about the software-defined networking market, which the firm says will be worth $11.5 billion by 2020. The company says the report discusses business models, operator and vendor strategies, and an assessment of the industry through the next four years.

In promoting the report, which is available for purchase, Mind Commerce says much of the current and near-term action on the SDN centers around carrier and enterprise pilots of SDN, with SDN poised to be mainstream in the 2019-2020 timeframe. And it says the report defines SDN and how it relates to NFV, discusses standards and open source efforts around SDN, the benefits and challenges of implementing SDN, key players in different categories within the SDN space, best practices, and more.

Companies discussed in the report include Accenture, Accton, Alcatel-Lucent, Alpha Networks, AT&T, Big Switch Networks, Brocade Communications Systems, Cisco Systems, Colt Telecom Group, Corsa Technology, Cumulus Networks, Dell, Ericsson, EZchip Semiconductor, Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, IBM, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Mirantis, Nokia, Northbound Networks, NEC, NTT, Orange, Pica8, Quanta QCT, Telefonica, Telkomsel, Telstra, Telecom Australia, and VeloCloud.

Of course, Alcatel-Lucent is now part of Nokia.

And VeloCloud is just one of several companies in the now-hot SD-WAN space, which itself is poised to be worth $3.2 billion by 2018, $12.1 billion by 2019, or $7.5 billion by 2020, depending upon you who talk to. Others in the SD-WAN space include Cisco, Citrix, CloudGenix, FatPipe Networks, Glue Networks, Ipanema technologies, Nuage Networks, Ocedo, Riverbed, Silver Peak, SimpleWAN, Talari, Versa Networks, and Viptela.

As we’ve also reported on multiple occasions, another hot application for SDN is to provide business customers with the ability to self-provision their own network services. AT&T, CenturyLink, Masergy, and NTT are among the companies that have already rolled out offerings on this front.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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