High Potential for Growth in the Software-Defined Networking Market Prompts the Release of Incomplete Platforms

Throughout the past few years, the networking industry has seen an exponential increase in smart mobile devices, online content, server virtualization, and cloud services. This wave of new technology demands refurbished network architectures, which is where software-defined networking (SDN) comes in. SDN platforms are still in a developmental phase, however the global market is expected to increase around forty times during the 2012-2016 period.

Considering the huge potential for growth within the Global Software-Defined Networking market, there is a lot of competitive segmentation as providers trip over each other in a race to become the dominant provider of SDN solutions. In response to this high-level of competition, many vendors have made the error of plunging into the Global SDN market prematurely.

Some major technology and small-start up vendors are advertising full software-defined networking platforms when in reality, their network architectures only have a few SDN elements. By rushing into the market, vendors are typically unable to satisfy some of the following major buying criteria:

  • Flexibility
  • Cost advantage
  • Scalability
  • Network performance

This can be very problematic to a vendor’s longevity within the market. Furthermore, because the SDN market is niche, end-users have not yet experienced the full potential of the technology. Therefore if one vendor advertises and sells an incomplete product as a software-defined networking platform, end-users may begin to doubt SDNs as a whole. Such an incident has the potential to negatively affect the future growth of all market stakeholders.

Nevertheless, big industry players like IBM, Cisco, and Hewlett Packard (HP) are working to halt this threat by hastening their efforts to finalize efficient and complete SDN platforms as soon as possible. Once these systems are made available to the public, there is little doubt that they will become the industry standard shortly after. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that in the next few years Global Software-Defined Networking Market will skyrocket to unprecedented heights.

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