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Software Defined Networking Market by Solution and End User - Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2015 - 2022

  • ID: 4612649
  • Report
  • April 2017
  • Region: Global
  • 106 pages
  • Allied Analytics LLP
Software defined networking (SDN) is a technology that creates a global view of network to provide centralized, intelligence-based network control by separating the control logic from off-device computer resources. This technology has redefined the networking architecture by providing a flexible way to manage and control complex networks through efficient resource and data traffic management. Communication providers are increasingly adopting SDN for improved agility and robustness, ease in network congestion, cost and time efficiency, flexibility in network infrastructure, automation of tasks, and rapid innovation. Varying network conditions and application demands encouraged industries, including BFSI, telecom, education, defense, and manufacturing among others, to implement this emerging networking technology. Complex network traffic patterns, increasing cloud computing services, need for mobility services and efficient infrastructure, and big data analytics are the major factors that drive the market growth. On the other hand, lack of standardization and awareness among enterprises is likely to limit its growth. The increasing adoption of cloud computing services and need for technological advancement are expected to create numerous growth opportunities for the market.

Leading players and their key business strategies are analyzed in the report to gain a competitive insight into the market. The key vendors of SDN market offer various solutions to manage and control the complexity of networking. In addition, acquisitions and partnerships are the strategies employed by key players to enhance their offerings and expand their customer base. For instance, in December 2014, Dell Inc. collaborated with Cumulus Networks to start Midokura, a software defined network start-up which provides network virtualization solution available for Dell’s hardware and the network operating system of Linux. In April 2015, Cisco Systems Inc. acquired Embrane Inc., a software defined networking firm to extend its product offerings and expand its customer base. Other leading players in the market include Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company, International Business Machines Corporation, Juniper Networks, Inc., NEC Corporation, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Big Switch Networks, Inc., Extreme Networks, Inc., and VMware, Inc.

The world software defined networking market is segmented on the basis of solution, end user, vertical, and geography. Based on the solution, the market is segmented into physical network infrastructure, virtualization and control software, professional services, and SDN applications & network services. The end-user segment is categorized into telecommunication service providers, cloud service providers, and enterprises. Software defined networking is implemented across domains such as IT, consumer goods & retail, BFSI, defense, telecom, healthcare, and others. This report comprises a detailed geographic distribution of the market across North America, Europe, APAC, and LAMEA.


This report provides an in-depth analysis of software defined networking market to elucidate the imminent investment pockets in the market.
Current trends and future estimations have been outlined to determine the overall market potential and single out profitable trends to gain a stronger foothold in the market.
The report provides information regarding key drivers, restraints, and opportunities along with a detailed impact analysis.
Quantitative analysis of the current market and estimations during the forecast period has been provided to showcase the financial competency of the market.
Porter’s five forces model and SWOT analysis of the industry illustrate the potency of the buyers and suppliers.
Value chain analysis provides a clear understanding of the roles of stakeholders involved.


The market is segmented on the basis of solution, end user, vertical, and geography.


Physical network infrastructure
Virtualization and control software
Professional services
SDN applications & network services


Telecommunication service providers
Cloud service providers


Consumer goods & retail


North America


Dell Inc.
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
International Business Machines Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Juniper Networks, Inc.
NEC Corporation
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Big Switch Networks, Inc.
Extreme Networks, Inc.
VMware, Inc.
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1.1 Report description
1.2 Key benefits
1.3 Key market segments
1.4 Research methodology
1.4.1 Secondary research
1.4.2 Primary research
1.4.3 Analyst tools and models

2.1 CXO perspective

3.1 Market definition and scope
3.2 Key findings
3.2.1 Top impacting factors
3.2.2 Top investment pockets
3.2.3 Top winning strategies
3.3 Porters five forces analysis
3.4 Value chain analysis
3.5 Market share analysis, 2015
3.6 Market dynamics
3.6.1 Drivers Complex network traffic patterns Growing need for mobility services Increasing requirement of efficient infrastructure Big data analytics
3.6.2 Restraints Lack of standardization and implementation Lack of awareness among enterprises
3.6.3 Opportunities Increasing adoption of cloud computing services Technological advancement

4.1 Physical network infrastructure
4.1.1 Key market trends
4.1.2 Key drivers and opportunities
4.1.3 Market size and forecast
4.2 Virtualization and control software
4.2.1 Key market trends
4.2.2 Key drivers and opportunities
4.2.3 Market size and forecast
4.3 Professional services
4.3.1 Key market trends
4.3.2 Key drivers and opportunities
4.3.3 Market size and forecast
4.4 SDN Applications & network services
4.4.1 Key market trends
4.4.2 Key drivers and opportunities
4.4.3 Market size and forecast

5.1 Telecommunication service providers
5.1.1 Key market trends
5.1.2 Key drivers and opportunities
5.1.3 Market size and forecast
5.2 Cloud service providers
5.2.1 Key market trends
5.2.2 Key drivers and opportunities
5.2.3 Market size and forecast
5.3 Enterprises
5.3.1 Key market trends
5.3.2 Key drivers and opportunities
5.3.3 Market size and forecast

6.1 IT
6.1.1 Key market trends
6.1.2 Key drivers and opportunities
6.1.3 Market size and forecast
6.2 Consumer goods and retail
6.2.1 Key market trends
6.2.2 Key drivers and opportunities
6.2.3 Market size and forecast
6.3 BFSI
6.3.1 Key market trends
6.3.2 Key drivers and opportunities
6.3.3 Market size and forecast
6.4 Defense
6.4.1 Key market trends
6.4.2 Key drivers and opportunities
6.4.3 Market size and forecast
6.5 Telecom
6.5.1 Key market trends
6.5.2 Key drivers and opportunities
6.5.3 Market size and forecast
6.6 Healthcare
6.6.1 Key market trends
6.6.2 Key drivers and opportunities
6.6.3 Market size and forecast
6.7 Others (media and entertainment, energy and power, manufacturing)
6.7.1 Key market trends
6.7.2 Key drivers and opportunities
6.7.3 Market size and forecast

7.1 North America
7.1.1 Key market trends
7.1.2 Key drivers and opportunities
7.1.3 Market size and forecast
7.2 Europe
7.2.1 Key market trends
7.2.2 Key drivers and opportunities
7.2.3 Market size and forecast
7.3 Asia-Pacific
7.3.1 Key market trends
7.3.2 Key drivers and opportunities
7.3.3 Market size and forecast
7.4.1 Key market trends
7.4.2 Key drivers and opportunities
7.4.3 Market size and forecast

8.1 Dell Inc.
8.1.1 Company overview
8.1.2 Company snapshot
8.1.3 Business performance
8.1.4 Strategic moves and developments
8.1.5 SWOT analysis of Dell Inc.
8.2 Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company
8.2.1 Company overview
8.2.2 Company snapshot
8.2.3 Business performance
8.2.4 Strategic moves and developments
8.2.5 SWOT analysis of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company
8.3 International Business Machines Corporation
8.3.1 Company overview
8.3.2 Company snapshot
8.3.3 Business performance
8.3.4 Strategy moves and developments
8.3.5 SWOT analysis of International Business Machines Corporation
8.4 Cisco Systems, Inc.
8.4.1 Company overview
8.4.2 Company snapshot
8.4.3 Business performance
8.4.4 Strategic moves and developments
8.4.5 SWOT analysis of Cisco Systems, Inc.
8.5 Juniper Networks, Inc.
8.5.1 Company overview
8.5.2 Company snapshot
8.5.3 Business performance
8.5.4 Strategic moves and developments
8.5.5 Swot analysis of Juniper Networks, Inc.
8.6 NEC Corporation
8.6.1 Company overview
8.6.2 Company snapshot
8.6.3 Business performance
8.6.4 Strategic moves and developments
8.6.5 Swot analysis of NEC Corporation
8.7 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
8.7.1 Company overview
8.7.2 Company snapshot
8.7.3 Business performance
8.7.4 Strategic moves and developments
8.7.5 Swot analysis of Brocade Communications systems, Inc.
8.8 Big Switch Networks, Inc.
8.8.1 Company overview
8.8.2 Company snapshot
8.8.3 Strategic moves and developments
8.8.4 Swot analysis of Big Switch Networks, Inc.
8.9 Extreme Networks, Inc.
8.9.1 Company overview
8.9.2 Company snapshot
8.9.3 Business performance
8.9.4 Strategic moves and developments
8.9.5 SWOT analysis of Extreme Networks, Inc.
8.10 VMware, Inc.
8.10.1 Company overview
8.10.2 Company snapshot
8.10.3 Business performance
8.10.4 Strategic moves and developments
8.10.5 Swot analysis of VMware, Inc.
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SDN Market (Software Defined Networking Market) Report, forecasts that the global market is expected to garner $132.9 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 47% during the period 2016-2022. The growing need for efficient magement of data traffic and centralized control of networks has encouraged communication providers to adopt SDN. Implementation of SDN has increased significantly across industries owing to the network complexities, cost and time efficiency, and flexibility in network infrastructure.

SDN offers several benefits including programmable control over the network, magement of wide and complex data traffic, reduced capital and operatiol cost on network equipment, and customized data control, which have encouraged organizations to adopt this technology. Increasing implementation of mobility services, huge data generation, wide data network, Internet of Things, and increasing need of flexibility in the network infrastructure across various verticals, such as IT, consumer goods & retail, BFSI, defense, healthcare, telecom, and others, further accelerate the growth of this market.

The solutions offered by SDN providers include physical network infrastructure, virtualization and control software, professiol services, and SDN applications & network services. The physical network infrastructure accounted for 47.4% of the global market revenue in 2015, owing to its benefits of minimizing the complexity of network magement through SDN-ebled switches, routers, and other network devices, while saving capital costs and operatiol expenses. Furthermore, virtualization and control software is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of over 51% during the forecast period.

Enterprises are the major end users of SDN, accounting for about 43% of the global market revenue in 2015, followed by telecommunication service providers. However, the cloud service provider segment is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to the growth in use of cloud computing services by various organizations.

IT is the major industry that implements SDN. It accounted for around 22% share of the global market in 2015, followed by the telecom industry. Flexible delivery of network services, automated magement of complex network, and rising trend of mobility services encouraged IT organizations to implement SDN. Consumer goods & retail is expected to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period.

Key findings of Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market:

The SDN market is likely to grow at a high rate owing to complex network traffic patterns, growing need for mobility services, and increasing cloud computing services.
The cloud service segment provider is expected to grow with the highest CAGR from 2016 to 2022.
North America was the highest revenue-generating region in the SDN market in 2015.

Major players in the market include Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., NEC Corporation, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Big Switch Networks, Inc., Extreme Networks, Inc., and VMware, Inc. Product launches and collaborations are the key strategies followed by these players to enhance their portfolio, cater to the growing needs of the consumers, and expand their geographical presence.
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