Gartner Research

Beyond the Hype: SDN Delivers Real-World Benefits in Mainstream Enterprises

Published: 14 October 2014

ID: G00269668

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner


Network decision makers must strategize for the networking paradigm shift represented by SDN. This research identifies mainstream organizations that have achieved increased agility, cost savings and/or improved security using SDN-based technologies.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • The State of SDN Adoption
  • Real-World Benefits and Challenges
  • SDN Applicability


  • Network Decision Makers Should Use These Case Studies to Identify Whether Their Organizations Can Derive Similar Value From SDN
    • U.S. Government Agency Reduces Network Provisioning Times by 99%
    • Large Enterprise Extends Monitoring Network and Reduces Associated Capex by 50%
    • Logistics Company Increases Agility, Reduces Opex and Enables Multitenancy
    • Regional U.S.-Based Bank Improves Security Posture While Reducing Firewalling Costs
  • IT Architects Should Adopt SDN in an Evolutionary Manner, Starting Small and Deploying in Nonproduction Environments Initially
    • Looking Ahead

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