Most of large enterprises in India plan to deploy SDN in 2016: Juniper study

About 59 percent of respondents said they understood the concept of SDN or understood the technology completely.

Arti Singh August 13, 2015 18:19:27 IST
Most of large enterprises in India plan to deploy SDN in 2016: Juniper study

Software Defined Networking (SDN) has become the buzzword in the networking industry and is widely tipped to be the next game-changer in India, as 63 percent of large enterprises in India plan to deploy SDN as part of their network architecture in 2016, according to a joint study by Juniper Networks and IDC.

The study, based on a survey of 171 IT decision-makers from over 151 organisations across various industries, said that India is at a critical juncture where organisations now need to move forward and start adopting innovations like SDN to be able to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.

Most of large enterprises in India plan to deploy SDN in 2016 Juniper study

Source: Juniper

"The key enabler, however, would be to respond to the change in a timely way and analyse, understand and prepare for it via trusted partnerships and Proof-of-Concept investments," said Gaurav Sharma, Research Manager, Enterprise Computing, IDC India.

The study found that 22 percent of the respondents were “users,” defined as organisations that have 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 percent were planning to deploy SDN within the next year, while the other 60 percent were aiming to deploy SDN after two years or more.

About 59 percent of respondents said they understood the concept of SDN or understood the technology completely.

However, 42 percent of intenders and 34 percent of users do not have a specific budget assigned to the purchase of SDN solutions. According to the study, 19 percent of intenders and 28 percent of users are willing to consider more than 7 percent of their IT budget for SDN implementation.

Currently, 86 percent of the respondents felt that enterprise networks in 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 concerns, technical skill gap, total cost of ownership, and lack of management. Nearly 48 percent felt that SDN can provide value if implemented well.

"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 organisation turns to for better efficiency and security. With 65 percent of the respondents across sectors being aware of the benefits of deploying SDN, we are on the verge of a unique and significant transition in the industry," Sajan Paul, Director (Systems Engineering) - India & SAARC, Juniper Networks.

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