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Software Defined Networks - Thematic Research

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  • 47 Pages
  • October 2018
  • Region: Global
  • GlobalData
  • ID: 4703536
Software Defined Networks - Thematic Research


Software Defined Networks (SDN) adoption will be driven by demand from both enterprises and service providers for greater levels of automation and flexibility. While much of the early Software Defined Networks (SDN) growth has been driven by its adoption within data centers, from 2022 the SD-WAN market will begin to show significant growth as Software Defined Networks (SDN) breaks out of the data center and into the wide area network.

In the world of Software Defined Everything (SDE), the details of the underlying hardware become irrelevant and the focus shifts to a virtualized software layer instead. In this world, we no longer think of servers, or even central processing units (CPUs). Instead we describe the resources that our application requires, and the environment manages the rest. Software defined networks are a part of this new world.

The explosion of available bandwidth, the emergence of cloud computing, and dramatic year-on-year improvements in the price-to-performance ratios for commodity hardware have all combined to ensure that technology functionality previously only achievable using specialist hardware can now be delivered using a combination of general-purpose computing hardware and software.

Software Defined Networks (SDN) has its greatest appeal in the domain of hyperscale computing users. The major cloud providers have the most to gain both economically and operationally from Software Defined Networks (SDN), but the promise of greater flexibility and higher levels of automation mean it is appealing to any organization with a significant investment in networking.

  • This report analyzes how software defined networking technology will impact the world.

  • It identifies the companies most impacted by the SDN theme and where they sit in the wider value chain.

  • It highlights the main trends impacting the SDN theme over the next 12 to 24 months.

  • It provides an overview of the SDN market, competitor analysis, information on mergers and acquisitions, a timeline to understand the evolution of this emerging technology, and the SDN value chain.

  • It also evaluates the key benefits of using this technology.

Reasons to buy
  • One of the key drivers in SDN is a battle royal between the software tribe (developers and cloud providers) and the hardware tribe (network equipment vendors and telecom providers).

  • This report identifies the winners and losers in this struggle, in particular highlighting how SDN will impact three broad groups: cloud providers; communications service providers; and network equipment vendors.

Table of Contents

Technology trends
Macroeconomic trends
Regulatory trends
SDN and the age of software defined everything
SDN promises to lower the cost and increase the agility of networking
Market size and growth forecasts
Competitive Analysis
Mergers and acquisitions
Network equipment vendors
Communications service providers
Cloud providers
More innovative
Public companies
Private companies
SDN is the biggest change in networking technology for 40 years
Whoever controls the software controls the network and all the value in it
How it works
Cloud providers
Who’s who
Thematic screen
Valuation screen
Risk screen
Network equipment vendors
Who’s who
Thematic screen
Valuation screen
Risk screen
Communications service providers
Who’s who
Thematic screen
Valuation screen
Risk screen

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Alibaba

  • Alphabet

  • Amazon

  • Amdocs

  • Arista Networks

  • AT&T

  • Broadcom

  • BT

  • China Mobile

  • Ciena

  • Cisco

  • Citrix Systems

  • Ericsson

  • Extreme Networks

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • IBM

  • Juniper Networks

  • Nokia

  • Oracle

  • Red Hat

  • Singtel

  • Tata Comms

  • Telstra

  • Verizon

  • Vmware

  • Vodafone

  • ZTE

  • 6Wind

  • Affirmed Networks

  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

  • Big Switch Networks

  • Brocade

  • Colt

  • Huawei

  • Netcracker

  • Netronome

  • NFWare

  • NoviFlow

  • Nuage Networks

  • OVH

  • Pica8

  • Pluribus

  • Riverbed Technology

  • Silver Peak Systems

  • Versa Networks