Software-defined networking (SDN) has the potential to be the most disruptive technology the networking industry has seen in a generation.
In our research report, we explore just how prepared these early adopters are to manage these technologies. The report assesses the readiness of enterprises to manage data-center SDN underlays and overlays, software-defined WAN, campus SDN, and enterprise NFV. The research also reveals the abilities of network service providers to manage SDN and NFV in their telco networks.
While SDN and related technologies, such as network virtualization and network functions virtualization (NFV), offer both enterprises and network service providers the opportunity to make their networks more agile, automated, and transformative for the business, there are many unanswered questions.
This report analyzes the:
- Readiness of existing network management tools to support SDN technologies
- Identifies new SDN-related functional requirements of network management technologies
- Assesses the native management capabilities of SDN products in general.
This research study examines how SDN affects network management tools and practices within both enterprises and network service providers. It is based on a survey of 150 enterprise IT professionals and 76 service-provider networking professionals who work within organizations that have either begun production deployments of SDN technology or have specific plans to do so within the next 12 months.