SDN in Early Stages While Video Conferencing Goes Mainstream

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-05-22

Network professionals are interested in software-defined networking, even if many of them are unsure exactly what it is. That was one of the findings in Network Instruments' Seventh Annual State of the Network Global Study, in which 241 network engineers and managers were surveyed about a range of networking technologies, from SDN and unified communications (UC) to 40G-bps networking and application and network performance monitoring. The study, released May 12, finds that organizations are looking into and beginning to deploy SDN and 40G-bps networks while other technologies like UC and policies such as bring your own device (BYOD) are seeing growing mainstream adoption. Both UC and BYOD offer the promise of more than 50 percent implementation by the end of 2014. It was SDN that took center stage in the report, with the numbers pulling in disparate directions. Adoption of SDN is growing relatively rapidly even though almost 40 percent said they were unable to define SDN. They may be adopting SDN to some degree, but there's more than a fair share of skepticism about it, which Network Instruments said is not unusual with emerging technologies. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the findings from the vendor's study.


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