Cisco and IBM top SDN and programmable network technology vendors list: Infonetics

Infotech Lead America: Cisco and IBM top the list of SDN and programmable network technology vendors installed and under evaluation among enterprises Infonetics surveyed.

Improving virtualization, security, and application performance are the leading drivers for investing in new data center facilities.

Data center owner/operators are investing across the board.

70 percent are increasing spending on storage.

67 percent are increasing spending on cloud services.

59 percent are increasing spending on physical servers.

While consolidation has been a hot topic in the data center industry, only 14 percent of survey respondents plan to consolidate their data centers in the next 2 years.

“Software-defined networking is real, and it’s here to stay,” said Sam Barnett, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research. “Nearly 1/4 of the enterprises we interviewed for our new data center and SDN survey have already deployed SDN technology in their data centers, and 1/3 plan to do so by the end of next year. This is impressive given the nascent nature of most SDN technologies and the relatively sophisticated IT community required to implement them.”

According to a recent report in, Brocade announced support for Microsoft’ Windows Server 2012 server operating system across all product lines, including Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) and Ethernet fabric solutions.

Together with Windows Server 2012, Brocade networks simplify operations and management for virtualized cloud data centers, which serve as the infrastructure for enterprises and service providers in supporting their key data center initiatives such as scale-out server virtualization, private cloud deployments and software-defined networking.

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