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Majority of big enterprises to use software defined networking by 2016: Study

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nETWORKA majority of large enterprises in India were planning to deploy Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies as part of their network architecture by 2016, says a study.

Juniper Networks, the industry leader in network innovation commissioned the study with leading IT market research and advisory firm IDC.

In recent times, SDN has become the buzzword in the networking industry and is widely tipped to be the next game-changer.

The study entitled ‘Understanding SDN is the key to transformation’, surveyed 171 IT decision-makers from over 151 organisations across various industries, to find out more on their plans to deploy SDN in their networks.

Highlights of the Study:

  • Most large enterprises in India plan to deploy SDN in 2016: 63% of large enterprises in India plan to deploy SDN as part of their network architecture in 2016.
  • Rapid adoption of SDN among ‘Intenders’: The study found that 22% of the respondents were “users,” defined as organisations that have deployed SDN in the pilot stage while the rest of the respondents were “intenders” who were planning to deploy SDN in the near future. Among the “intenders,” 40% were planning to deploy SDN within the next year, while the other 60% were aiming to deploy SDN after two years or more.
  • Levels of awareness: 59% of respondents said they understood the concept of SDN or understood the technology completely.
  • Budgets allocated: 42% of intenders and 34% of users do not have a specific budget assigned to the purchase of SDN solutions. 19% of intenders and 28% of users are willing to consider more than 7% of their IT budget for SDN implementation.
  • Benefits of SDN: Improved network performance and efficiency emerged as the top benefit of adopting SDN.
  • Key concerns around SDN adoption: Although 86% of respondents projected that enterprise networks of the future will be a combination of SDN and traditional networks, they also cited initial concerns like difficulty in integrating SDN with already deployed or available infrastructure, security concerns, technical skill gap, total cost of ownership, and lack of management.

Sajan Paul, Director (Systems Engineering) – India & SAARC, Juniper Networks said, “SDN has the potential to transform the networking landscape. The Juniper Networks-commissioned study by IDC clearly indicates the areas in which SDN solutions need to perform well if it wishes to establish itself as the new norm in networking.”

“The networking architecture landscape in India is in a state of transition and the software-defined model can enable significant advantages, making it the logical solution every organisation turns to for better efficiency and security.”

According to the study, India is at a critical juncture where organisations now need to move forward and start adopting innovations like SDN to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.

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