November 24, 2014

Conflicting Trends Part 3: SDN Deployments [Infographic]

The Software Defined Networking (SDN) buzz has been buzzing for at least a few years now.  Recently I noticed some tech bloggers talking about networks as if SDN is already everywhere and the unanimous way forward for network deployments; as if hyper-scale deployments like the one Facebook recently touted in Altoona were already the model for all networks.   On the other hand, there are still many in IT who either don’t fully understand SDN or are hesitant to deploy it.  Every vendor you ask will probably tell you they’re leading the charge on SDN in terms of both ongoing innovation and proven installations.  With all these conflicting messages, your head might be spinning too fast to have a firm grasp on what SDN technologies have gotten traction and why.

Thankfully, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has recently done work to help get a pulse on this.  In a public webinar a few months ago ESG and Extreme Networks presented the results of an ESG survey.  The survey polled over 300 IT professionals about their data center challenges, and how they expect (or don’t expect) SDN to solve those challenges, and finally – when.  The infographic below captures the responses and is pretty revealing.  As you might expect, there are early adopters who are growing, there are those who are hesitant but are shrinking, and pretty much everyone is at least evaluating the state of the SDN world to some degree.




Other observations?  Comment below or engage on Twitter @JonathanMorin.

Conflicting Trends Part 2: SDN and Converged Infrastructure

About The Contributor:
Jonathan MorinSr. Product Marketing Manager

Jonathan Morin is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for Extreme Networks where he drives unique product and go to market strategies and consults on industry trends. Previously Jonathan worked at independent third party consultant and test lab EANTC based in Berlin, Germany and the UNH-IOL before that where he was responsible for presenting trends at industry events, bringing results and awareness to the market, leading technology seminars, running test events and POCs, and consulting both networking vendors and service providers within the telecommunications and enterprise networking industry. Twitter handle: @JonathanMorin

See My Other Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *