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Use Software-Defined Networking to Transform Your Data Center Network Business

Published: 10 June 2015

ID: G00275434

Analyst(s): Evan Zeng , Naresh Singh


With low but accelerating adoption of SDN, data center network vendor business unit leaders and product strategists need to leverage this trend to reposition their solutions carefully to maintain or gain market share.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Mainstream Ecosystems Are on the Rise

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The rapid rise of SDN solutions and related vendor ecosystems has increased dynamism in the data center networking market, giving data center vendors opportunities to develop new business
    • OpenDaylight
    • VMware NSX
    • Cisco ACI
  • The current low end-user adoption of SDN is an alert for networking vendors, and should cause them to review their execution strategies
    • End-User Concern About the Investment Protection of Existing Network Installed Base and the High Acquisition Cost of SDN
    • The Biggest Adoption Challenges in Enterprises Are Organizational Staffing, Operational Handoff and No Clear Business Case for SDN Adoption
    • Incumbents' Interests in SDN Varies, and a Big Bottleneck of Sales, Channel and Service Coverage Exists Among Vendors

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