Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network
innovation, announced findings from its Software-Defined Networking
(SDN) Progress Report that found there are two distinct camps when it
comes to adoption of the technology. The study found more than half of
U.S. businesses surveyed (52.5 percent) plan to adopt SDN, while the
other half (47.5 percent) say they still have no plans to implement the
In the wake of significant discussion in the networking industry about
the potential for SDN, Juniper Networks asked 400 IT decision makers
(ITDMs) about how they plan to architect their networks in the future.
Of the surveyed companies that have plans to adopt SDN, 74 percent say
they plan to do so in within the next year, with 30 percent indicating
they plan to make the move in just one month.
However, SDN is not without its challenges and potential barriers as
companies drive adoption. Following cost (50 percent), ITDMs noted
difficulty integrating with existing systems (35 percent), security
concerns (34 percent) and lack of skills from existing employees (28
percent) as the top challenges to adoption of SDN. These perceived
challenges may be attributable to the 47.5 percent of respondents who
indicated that they do not have plans to deploy SDN-enabled technology.
The survey asked ITDMs to provide their perspectives on SDN readiness,
what benefits it presents and the challenges they face.
Honor Roll: More than a quarter of surveyed companies (27
percent) report that they are completely ready or almost completely
ready to adopt SDN -- giving themselves an "A" or "B" letter grade.
Passing Grade: In addition, 38 percent of the ITDMs graded
their organization's SDN readiness as a "C" noting that their business
was somewhat ready to adopt SDN.
The Opportunity: ITDMs surveyed believe the biggest
benefit of SDN is improved network performance and efficiency (26
percent), followed by simplified network operations (19 percent) and
cost savings on operations (13 percent).
SDN Criteria: When asked what their organizations are
looking for when adopting SDN, ITDMs reported the following top
High availability and resiliency (30 percent)
Analytics and reporting (23 percent)
Automation and rapid provisioning (19 percent)
Open source options (12 percent)
Scale (10 percent)
Future Outlook: While companies are divided on the short
term, looking five years down the road, 77 percent of surveyed
respondents believe most business networks will include SDN technology.
The SDN Progress Report research is based on online interviews with U.S.
based IT decision makers who work in education, financial services,
government and healthcare industries. Juniper Networks' survey was
conducted in July 2014 by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com),
an independent research firm.
"The networking industry is going through a fundamental technology
change driven by the need to turn up customer-facing apps more quickly
and to simplify network operations. This evolution to SDN will not be
overnight, but we're excited to see it happen and to partner with
companies to help them realize their full SDN potential."
- Mike Marcellin, senior vice president of strategy and marketing for
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