A new report from analyst firm Transparency Market Research predicts the global market for software-defined networking (SDN) will reach more than $3.5 billion by 2018.
According to the report, the SDN market is driven primarily by the need for efficient infrastructure and mobility, as well as the increasing demand for cloud services. "Nowadays, many organizations are storing, computing and networking through cloud-based infrastructure. They are doing this for more agility, flexibility, manageability and programmability in their network infrastructure," the firm said in a prepared statement.
The report breaks out four categories of SDN technologies: SDN switching, SDN controllers, cloud provisioning and orchestration, and security and services.
Cloud provisioning and orchestration dominates the global SDN market and also is expected to be the fastest growing area as it helps to design, optimize, secure and monitor the network, according to the research firm. SDN switching had the second largest revenue share of the SDN market in 2012. The firm forecasts an overall compound annual growth rate for the SDN market of 61.5% from 2012 to 2018.
According to the report, enterprises accounted for more than 35% of end users in the SDN market in 2012 due to their growing need for agility, cost efficiency and flexibility in network infrastructure. In the coming years, cloud service providers will be the fastest growing segment of end users, the report predicts.
Leading vendors in the SDN market includes Cisco, IBM, NEC, and Juniper Networks, the firm said.
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