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April 16, 2015 17:14 ET

Infonetics: North American Businesses Plan to Have SDN Live in the LAN by 2017

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - Technology market research firm Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), conducted in-depth surveys with businesses in the US and Canada about the enterprise LAN software-defined networking (SDN) market and found that 72 percent plan to have campus LAN SDN in live production by the end of 2017.

Infonetics interviewed IT purchase-decision makers at medium and large organizations for its latest study, Campus LAN SDN Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey, which examines how the local area network will evolve with SDN.

"Expectations for software-defined networking in the campus LAN are clear. Businesses taking part in our study want SDN to provide operational cost savings by integrating with existing networks, delivering better security, simplifying management and improving application performance. And they want all this without network interruptions," said Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., Infonetics' research director for data center, cloud and SDN.

"Enterprises' top use cases for LAN SDN are focused on automation for provisioning, wired and wireless LAN unification, BYOD, and improved security enforcement at the network access point," Grossner said.

When asked about barriers to deploying SDN, respondents most often cited interoperability with existing network equipment/management systems, lack of in-house SDN skills and potential network interruptions.

SDN-capable applications for the campus LAN represent one of the biggest opportunities for third-party SDN, existing virtualization and open source vendors, though existing network vendors are still contenders.

Survey respondents most often identified Cisco, HP, Juniper, Microsoft and VMware (in alphabetical order) as the top SDN vendors.

For its 25-page campus LAN SDN strategies survey, Infonetics interviewed businesses in North America about their views on how the enterprise LAN SDN market will evolve to help vendors determine how to invest in product development and position their products in the marketplace. The study provides insights into respondents' plans to implement SDN, including deployment drivers and barriers, rollout plans, applications, use cases, vendors installed and under evaluation, top-rated vendors, and more. To purchase the report, contact


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North America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard +1 408-583-3335

North America (East, Midwest), Latin America, EMEA: Scott Coyne +1 408-583-3395

Greater China, Southeast Asia, India: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song +86 21-3919-8505

Japan 日本 Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics +81 3-6408-5566

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Infonetics Research, now part of IHS (NYSE: IHS), is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize and compete more effectively. Follow Infonetics on Twitter for the latest headlines:

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  • News Media Contact:
    Cliff Grossner, Ph.D.
    Research Director, Data Center, Cloud and SDN
    Infonetics Research / IHS
    +1 408-583-3385
    Email contact
    Twitter: @cliffgrossner