We just published our annual network-related “Predicts” research. In this research, we forecast major changes in the enterprise networking market and this version includes predictions regarding WAN, SDN and network certifications. With regards to SDN, we predict that:
By the end of 2016, more than 10,000 enterprises worldwide will have deployed SDN in their networks, a tenfold increase from end-of-year 2014.
Along these lines, at our recent Data Center Conference, we polled the audience and asked: When do you plan to deploy SDN in production? While it is a small sample size (n=44), it still provides some insight into what folks are thinking as “Within 5 Years” was the top answer with over 30% of respondents, ahead of “I don’t know” and “Within 2 years” (see below).
Here’s the info on the full predicts research:
Predicts 2015: Enterprise Networking and Network Services (Multiple Authors), http://www.gartner.com/docshare?resId=2935617
Summary: Enterprise networking and network services continue to be areas of ongoing significant change. This research highlights the changes driven by software-defined networking, virtualized network services and external cloud services.