2013 SDN Survey: Growing Pains

Aug 15, 2013


IT to SDN: We'll Wait and See

Software-defined networking is a work in progress, as vendors map out their strategies and slowly bring products to market. Enterprise buyers, at present, have ­decided to sit on the sidelines and wait to see how SDN plays out. That's according to the results of InformationWeek's 2013 Software-Defined Networking Survey, which collected responses from 267 IT pros across North America. 

In this report, we'll look at the state of SDN in the marketplace and examine the survey ­results. We'll also outline what a typical SDN infrastructure looks like in 2013, including a controller, programmable infrastructure, applications and network multitenancy. We'll dig into both OpenDaylight and OpenFlow, two open source initiatives that are shaping SDN from outside. We'll also discuss Cisco's SDN strategy, and where it aligns and diverges from other efforts. Finally, We'll offer guidance for network professionals on how to approach bringing SDN into their own environments. (R7240813)

Survey Name InformationWeek 2013 Software-Defined Networking Survey
Survey Date July 2013
Region North America
Number of Respondents 267
Purpose To determine attitudes toward and awareness and adoption of software-­defined networking in the enterprise
Methodology InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American companies. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were ­recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email ­invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.



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