63% of large enterprises in India to deploy SDN by 2016

The majority of large enterprises in India are planning to deploy Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies as part of their network architecture by 2016, according to Juniper Networks.

According to Juniper Networks which surveyed 171 IT decision makers said 63 percent of large enterprises in India plan to deploy SDN as part of their network architecture in 2016.

Additionally, 22 percent of the respondents are users i.e. organzations that have deployed SDN in the pilot stage while the rest of the respondents are intenders i.e. who are planning to deploy SDN in the near future.

The study mentioned 40 percent of intenders are planning to deploy SDN within the next year while 60 percent aims to deploy SDN after two years or more.

Additionally, the percent of understanding the concept of SDN or understanding the technology completely is more than half, 59 percent.

Also, 42 percent of intenders and 34 percent of users do not have a specific budget assigned to the purchase of SDN solutions.

While, 19 percent of intenders and 28 percent of users consider more than 7 percent of their IT budget for SDN implementation.

This apart, 86 percent of respondents projected that enterprise networks of the future will be a combination of SDN and traditional networks.


The respondents also mentioned initial concerns like difficulty in integrating SDN with already deployed or available infrastructure, security concerns, technical skill gap, total cost of ownership, and lack of management.

“SDN has the potential to transform the networking landscape. Juniper has initiated SDN training programs that has created awareness amongst potential users,” said Sajan Paul, director, systems engineering, India & SAARC, Juniper Networks.

Shilpa Khatri

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