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Global Software-Defined Networking Market 2016-2020

About Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

SDN is an evolving network architecture in which the network control and the forwarding plane are decoupled and can be programmed directly. This transfer of control from specific network devices to manageable computing devices simplifies the management of network infrastructure in an enterprise environment. SDN provides control to enterprise business operations through a single logical point, simplifying network design and operation. In addition, this architecture streamlines operational functions of network infrastructure through instructions from SDN controllers.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global software-defined networking market to grow at a CAGR of 34.64% during the period 2016-2020.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global software-defined networking market 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the adoption of SDN-enabled networking infrastructures, adoption of commercial SDN controller, and SDN applications required to implement security mechanisms, network flow balancing, network virtualization, network monitoring, and more.The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA
Technavio's report, Global Software-Defined Networking Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
  • Brocade Communications
  • Cisco
  • HP Development Company
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Juniper Networks
  • VMware
Other prominent vendors
  • 6Wind
  • Allied Telesis
  • Arista
  • Avaya
  • Big Switch Networks
  • Broadcom
  • Ciena
  • Coriant
  • Cumulus Network
  • Ericsson
  • F5 Network
  • IP Infusion
  • Metaswitch Networks
  • Midokura
  • NEC
  • Nevion
  • Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent)
  • Pica8
  • Plexxi
  • PLUMgrid
  • Pluribus Networks
  • Riverbed
  • Sonus
  • Verizon Enterprise
  • Viptela
Market driver
  • Increased need to simplify data center management
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • Migration from existing systems
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Increased need for software-defined security
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Market 2016-2017

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global software-defined networking (SDN) market: Brocade Communications, Cisco Systems, HP Development Company, Huawei Technologies, Juniper Networks, and VMware.

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: 6Wind, Allied Telesis, Arista, Avaya, Big Switch Networks, Broadcom, Ciena, Coriant, Cumulus Network, Ericsson, F5 Network, IP Infusion, Metaswitch Networks, Midokura, NEC, Nevion, Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent), Pica8, Plexxi, PLUMgrid, Pluribus Networks, Riverbed, Sonus, Verizon Enterprise, and Viptela.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “Emergence of SD-WAN will be the key trend leading to market growth. SD-WAN is capable of addressing the configuration challenges through automation of WAN edge router configurations. Some of the benefits of SD-WAN include a reduction in cost, lowered complexity, and increased flexibility by enabling WAN to react to changing requirements. SD-WAN is a trend in SDN-based WAN implementations. Evaluating SD-WAN technology in terms of hidden cost, vendor lock-in, and return-on-investment for successful implementation is important.”

According to the report, growing demand for advanced services will be one of the key drivers spurring market growth. Enterprises worldwide are expanding their business reach to gain competitive advantages in the market. The increase in business activities requires organizations to deploy infrastructure services at a rapid pace. In such a scenario, the whole process may take a few days’ to a month's time. Over the years, virtualization has helped organizations reduce data center CAPEX and OPEX.

Further, the report states that lack of expertise will be one of the challenges impeding the growth of the market. The personnel employed to handle SDN should have the knowledge of the infrastructure and the ability to configure several network infrastructures such as switches and routers. In addition, the personnel is expected to understand the business needs to align the IT requirements with it. They should also possess the knowledge of configuring OpenFlow, which acts as an interface between SDN controller and infrastructure, and about the northbound API, which is commonly RESTful. However, the number of skilled resources is lower than the market demand.

Companies Mentioned

Brocade Communications, Cisco Systems, HP Development Company, Huawei Technologies, Juniper Networks, VMware, 6Wind, Allied Telesis, Arista, Avaya, Big Switch Networks, Broadcom, Ciena, Coriant, Cumulus Network, Ericsson, F5 Network, IP Infusion, Metaswitch Networks, Midokura, NEC, Nevion, Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent), Pica8, Plexxi, PLUMgrid, Pluribus Networks, Riverbed, Sonus, Verizon Enterprise, Viptela.

  • Executive summary
    • Highlights
  • Scope of the report
    • Market overview
    • Top vendor offerings
      • Table Product offerings
  • Market research methodology
    • Research methodology
    • Economic indicators
  • Introduction
    • Key market highlights
  • Market landscape
    • Market overview
      • Table SDN architecture
      • Table Global SDDC market 2014-2019 ($ billions)
    • Market size and forecast
      • Table Global SDN market 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Five forces analysis
      • Table Five forces analysis
  • Market segmentation by architectural components
    • Physical network infrastructure
      • Table Global SDN market by physical network infrastructure 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Controller software
      • Table Global SDN market by controller software 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • SDN applications
      • Table Global SDN market by SDN applications 2015-2020 ($ billions)
  • Geographical segmentation
    • Table Geographical segmentation 2015
    • Americas
    • EMEA
    • APAC
  • Market drivers
  • Impact of drivers
    • Table Impact of drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Impact of drivers and challenges
    • Table Impact of drivers and challenges
  • Market trends
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
    • Brocade Communications
      • Table Brocade Communications Systems: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
    • Cisco Systems
      • Table Cisco Systems: Product segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table Cisco Systems: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2015
    • HP
      • Table HP: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table Enterprise group revenue 2014 and 2015 ($ billions)
    • Huawei
      • Table Huawei: Business segmentation by revenue 2014
      • Table Huawei: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2014
    • Juniper Networks
      • Table Juniper Networks: Business segmentation by revenue 2014 ($ billions)
      • Table Juniper Networks: Product segmentation by revenue 2015 ($ millions)
      • Table Juniper Networks: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2015
    • VMware
      • Table VMware: Net revenue ($ billions)
      • Table VMware: Revenue split ($ billions)
      • Table Revenue segmentation by geography
    • Other prominent vendors
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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