SDN to go mainstream in India by Next Year: Study

Survey results indicate that organizations are beginning to understand the automation and agility benefits that SDN brings to their network infrastructure

A new research has forecast that a majority of large enterprises in India were planning to deploy Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies as part of their network architecture by 2016. The study commissioned by Juniper Networks and conducted by IDC, entitled Understanding SDN is the key to transformation, surveyed 171 IT decision-makers from over 151 organizations across various industries, to find out their SDN deployment plans. 


The most important fiinding of the study are 

  • As many as 63% of large enterprises in India plan to deploy SDN as part of their network architecture in 2016.
  • Close to one-fourth (22%) respondents were “users,” defined as organizations that have already deployed SDN in the pilot stage while the rest of the respondents were “intenders” who were planning to deploy SDN in the near future.
  • Among the “intenders,” 40% were planning to deploy SDN within the next year, while the other 60% were aiming to deploy SDN after two years or more.
  • A majority (59%) of respondents said they understood the concept of SDN or understood the technology completely.
  • About 42% of intenders and 34% of users do not have a specific budget assigned to the purchase of SDN solutions. 19% of intenders and 28% of users are willing to consider more than 7% of their IT budget for SDN implementation.


Improved network performance and efficiency was cited as the top reason for adopting SDN by users, according to the study. However, concerns remain. Although 86% of respondents projected that enterprise networks of the future will be a combination of SDN and traditional networks, they also cited initial concerns like difficulty in integrating SDN with already deployed or available infrastructure, security, technical skill gap, total cost of ownership, and lack of management as areas that need to be addressed.


The networking architecture landscape in India is in a state of transition and the software-defined model can enable significant advantages, making it the logical solution every organization turns to for better efficiency and security. With 65% of the respondents across sectors being aware of the benefits of deploying SDN, India could be a big innovation ground for SDN


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