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Market Trends: Never Mind SDN — Focus on Leveraging New Digital and Hybrid Cloud Opportunities

Published: 23 November 2017

ID: G00343631

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Naresh Singh


Despite limited production deployments, software-defined network has shifted data center network conversations. Now it is time for technology product management leaders to go beyond technology discussions and focus their product strategy on enabling digital business and hybrid cloud.

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Market Trend

  • Acceptance of a Generalized Programmable and Software-Centric Network Model in Enterprise Data Centers
    • Make Software the Core of Your Strategy and Embrace Disaggregation of Ethernet Switches
    • Augment Product Value Further by Focusing More on Business Outcomes and Less on Architecture
  • Cross-Cloud Networking Promises to Be the New Major Use Case for Network Controllers and Disaggregated Switching for Service Providers
    • The Extension of Private Cloud Platform to a Public Cloud Infrastructure
    • Public IaaS Service Hosted in Customer Data Center

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