Riverbed Survey: SDN adoption gaining interest

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) adoption in the datacenter is gaining strong interest, Riverbed Technology said Thursday, citing results of a survey conducted at VMworld 2015.

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The application performance infrastructure provider also said Software-Defined Wide-Area Networking (SD-WAN) is emerging as the next wave of network innovation for remote and branch office locations.

According to the survey results, a software-defined approach to networking is seeing an increased interest among organizations. Riverbed Technology said 77 percent of survey respondents said that their organizations are at some level of participation with software-defined networking solutions within their data center (SDN), including 13 percent that have already deployed SDN.

“The new Riverbed Software-Defined survey shows that with the increasing complexity in today’s hybrid IT environments, organizations seek better ways to have full visibility and deliver applications across their distributed enterprise,” said Paul O’Farrell, senior vice president and general manager of the SteelHead and SteelFusion business units at Riverbed Technology.

The survey found that 29 percent are exploring similar architectures for their remote branch office locations (SD-WAN), including nearly 5 percent who have fully implemented SD-WAN solutions today.

Respondents cited three reasons for adopting a software-defined approach to networking. They are- being able to deploy new applications and services more quickly, reducing costs and reducing mistakes when deploying applications and services.

O’Farrell added that Riverbed Technology expects that over the next 3-5 years many organizations will deploy a SD-WAN solution as a modern replacement for traditional branch networking solutions.

In July, Riverbed Technology has introduced  a new portfolio of professional consulting services to help customers maximize the value of their Riverbed solutions. Riverbed helps customer to improve business performance by optimizing application performance across their hybrid IT environments.