SDN market for enterprise and cloud to grow from $360 million in 2013 to $3.7 billion by 2016

Infotech Lead Asia: The Software-defined networking (SDN) market for the enterprise and cloud service provider segments is likely to grow from $360 million in 2013 to $3.7 billion by 2016.

This forecast for the SDN ecosystem includes the associated network infrastructure, SDN applications and control plane solutions, and SDN-related professional services.

Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure at IDC, said: “Providing better alignment with the underlying applications, this programmability allows for greater levels of flexibility, innovation, and control in the network. Logic and policies that can be defined, changed, and modified result in a more dynamic network, providing the scale network administrators so desperately crave.”

SDN presents opportunity as many large and small incumbent vendors strategize on how to deliver on the SDN promise.

A number of start-up companies launched their portfolios or are in pilots and trial deployments across a wide cross-section of customers, including enterprises and cloud providers.

IDC has identified five emerging SDN start ups to watch as they battle for position amongst each other, and against existing players in this evolving market.

1. Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks bills itself as the “leader in Open Software-Defined Networking,” reflecting its commitment to an SDN platform that is based on industry standards, open application programming interfaces (APIs), and open source software.

2. Embrane
Embrane’s heleos — a multi-service, distributed software architecture — delivers virtual Layer 3-7 network services for both traditional and software-defined networks (SDNs).

3. Midokura
Midokura’s vision involves employing network virtualization to provide a flexible, customizable, and adaptable network infrastructure for cloud service providers and enterprises.

4. Plexxi
Plexxi’s product portfolio features Plexxi Control, a server-based software controller that allows service providers and enterprises to model affinities between workload resources and to ensure that the underlying network supports them.

5. Vello Systems
Vello Systems provides software infrastructure for building large-scale networks that optimize the locality of application workloads and corresponding data.

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