Nine Software-Defined Networking Facts & Benefits

Nine Software-Defined Networking Facts & Benefits

Robust GrowthRobust Growth

The SDN market is expected to reach $2 billion by 2016, up from $200 million today.

Expanding InterestExpanding Interest

One in five enterprises are using SDN now, and 55% are evaluating whether to do so.

SDN Demand DriversSDN Demand Drivers

Need for increased productivity: 42%, Need for better access to real-time information: 40%, Need for improved uptime and data availability: 38%

Elusive ConceptElusive Concept

40% of network pros say SDN is an indefinable term, even as they’re considering implementing it.

IT Reduces CostsIT Reduces Costs

For starters, enterprises won’t need expensive switches to shape network traffic, since admins can do it themselves with automated tools.

It's Open SourceIt’s Open Source

Because SND adheres to open standards, it can operate with any vendor’s network hardware.

It's Extremely AgileIt’s Extremely Agile

With SDN, users more readily connect to different clouds, apps and network devices.

It Makes Provisioning EasierIt Makes Provisioning Easier

From the admins’ perspective, setting up a network is as simple as creating a virtual machine instance in an SDN environment. As a result, they’re more likely to strike the right balance between over-provisioning and service shortfalls.

It Improves SecurityIt Improves Security

SDN can virtualize security appliances for better scalability, while centralizing security controls.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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