This IDC study highlights the rapidly emerging software-defined networking (SDN) market and its associated ecosystem. As SDN start-ups and other market leaders bring additional products and SDN technologies to market, customers will have greater choice not only in what products they purchase but also in how they design and build their datacenter networks to support application workloads.
"Virtualization and cloud computing will increasingly drive the need and demand for innovative approaches to network architecture and network operations, with SDN taking center stage among the former. Enterprises will start their SDN deployments in the datacenter, but SDN's applicability and value extends beyond the datacenter to the WAN and the campus network." — Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, IDC