Some enterprise IT professionals are eager to adopt software-defined networking (SDN) within their digital infrastructures, hoping to use its elasticity and scalability to solve some of their toughest networking challenges. On the opposite end of the spectrum, other pros view SDN with skepticism, unsure that it can cross the chasm and truly take hold in the enterprise.
However, most IT teams fall somewhere in the middle. These enterprise technologists see virtualized resources of some type being part of their infrastructures moving forward, yet they still have questions about the future of SDN.
Most industry predictions are for broader adoption and continued growth of SDN. IDC published a study of the SDN market in February 2016 that forecasted a 53.9 percent compound annual growth rate from 2014 through 2020. In total, IDC estimates that the SDN market will be worth nearly $12.5 billion by 2020.
Those are some lofty numbers -- but we wanted to take the pulse on SDN adoption in the market today and hear how technologists are working to incorporate it into their day-to-day lives. To this end, SevOne commissioned Gatepoint Research in early 2016 to conduct a survey of enterprise IT professionals at large Fortune 1000 companies, covering a range of industries including financial services, business services, healthcare, high tech, telecom, and more.
One of the most surprising survey findings was this: nearly a third of survey respondents reported that more than 40 percent of their organizations’ infrastructures are now software-defined. Not only is SDN taking hold in the enterprise - it represents major investments by Fortune 1000 companies who have made significant progress with their implementations and roll-outs.
Moreover, a majority of those surveyed have active SDN projects. This means that even for those who haven’t yet implemented SDN into their infrastructures, they’re well on their way.
It’s clear that many plan or have begun to implement SDN into their infrastructures, and it shows no signs of slowing.