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Software-Defined Networking Will Change the Data Center Network Vendor Landscape

Published: 26 November 2013

ID: G00255768

Analyst(s): Evan Zeng , Joe Skorupa


Adoption of software-defined networking will spark a new race among traditional and new data center networking vendors with a reorganization of the supply side, creating competition and opportunities for all vendors.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • SDN will simplify network device development, enabling new competition and disrupting the existing market landscape
  • SDN will force traditional networking vendors to migrate from proprietary-coupled hardware and software designs to open-standard designs to shorten the innovation cycle
  • SDN combined with standardized open interfaces will further enable best-of-breed offerings for networking hardware, software and services, as well as will create an environment for innovation

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