Software Defined Networks - Thematic Research

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Introduction

Software Defined Networks - Thematic Research

Summary

The explosion of available bandwidth, the emergence of cloud computing, and dramatic year-on-year improvements in the price-to-performance ratios for commodity hardware have all combined to ensure that technology functionality previously only achievable using specialist hardware can now be delivered using a combination of general-purpose computing hardware and software.

In the world of software defined everything (SDE), the details of the underlying hardware become irrelevant and the focus shifts to a virtualized software layer instead. In this world, we no longer think of servers, or even central processing units (CPUs). Instead we describe the resources that our application requires, and the environment manages the rest. Software defined networks are a part of this new world.

SDN adoption will be driven by demand from both enterprises and service providers for greater levels of automation and flexibility. While much of the early SDN growth has been driven by its adoption within data centers, from 2022 the SD-WAN market will begin to show significant growth as SDN breaks out of the data center and into the wide area network. SDN has its greatest appeal in the domain of hyperscale computing users. The major cloud providers have the most to gain both economically and operationally from SDN, but the promise of greater flexibility and higher levels of automation mean it is appealing to any organization with a significant investment in networking.

Scope

- This report analyzes how software defined networking technology will impact the world.

- It identifies the companies most impacted by the SDN theme and where they sit in the wider value chain.

- It highlights the main trends impacting the SDN theme over the next 12 to 24 months.

- It provides an overview of the SDN market, competitor analysis, information on mergers and acquisitions, a timeline to understand the evolution of this emerging technology, and the SDN value chain.

- It also evaluates the key benefits of using this technology.

Reasons to buy

- One of the key drivers in SDN is a battle royal between the software tribe (developers and cloud providers) and the hardware tribe (network equipment vendors and telecom providers).

- This report identifies the winners and losers in this struggle, in particular highlighting how SDN will impact three broad groups: cloud providers; communications service providers; and network equipment vendors.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

PLAYERS 4

TRENDS 5

Technology trends 5

Macroeconomic trends 6

Regulatory trends 7

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS 8

SDN and the age of software defined everything 8

SDN promises to lower the cost and increase the agility of networking 8

Market size and growth forecasts 10

Competitive Analysis 12

Mergers and acquisitions 15

Timeline 17

VALUE CHAIN 18

Network equipment vendors 18

Communications service providers 18

Cloud providers 19

Enterprises 19

Benefits 19

Simpler 19

Cheaper 19

More innovative 19

COMPANIES SECTION 20

Public companies 20

Private companies 24

TECHNOLOGY BRIEFING 28

SDN is the biggest change in networking technology for 40 years 28

Whoever controls the software controls the network and all the value in it 28

How it works 28

SECTOR SCORECARDS 30

Cloud providers 30

Who’s who 30

Thematic screen 31

Valuation screen 32

Risk screen 33

Network equipment vendors 34

Who’s who 34

Thematic screen 35

Valuation screen 36

Risk screen 37

Communications service providers 38

Who’s who 38

Thematic screen 39

Valuation screen 40

Risk screen 41

GLOSSARY 42

FURTHER READING 45

APPENDIX: OUR “THEMATIC” RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 46

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Global Data

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1106992 | GDTMT-TR-S188

Number of Pages

47

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