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May 29, 2015 16:43 ET

Software-Defined WAN Taking Hold in the Data Center, Shows IHS Infonetics Survey

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - May 29, 2015) - IHS (NYSE: IHS) conducted in-depth surveys with 150 businesses in North America about their data centers and found that 45 percent intend to increase spending on software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) over the next two years.

"Within the data center, raw speed with support for software-defined networking (SDN) and virtualized workloads are the top requirements for fabrics among companies participating in our enterprise data center study," said Cliff Grossner, Ph. D., research director for data center, cloud and SDN IHS.

"Meanwhile, outside the data center, SDN-led transformation is taking hold in the WAN optimization market. There's a shift from optimizing application traffic flows over a single point-to-point WAN link to automated and dynamic load balancing of application traffic over multiple link types -- MPLS, broadband, internet, cellular, et cetera," Grossner said.


Security, application performance and scalability are respondent organizations' top data center investment drivers.

The need for raw bandwidth continues to drive higher speeds in data center networking: Among enterprises surveyed, 100GE deployments are growing at the expense of 40GE, and 25GE is nearly invisible.

The use of solid state drives for storage is increasing and placing higher performance demands on storage networking.

By 2017, 71 percent of respondents plan to have software-defined storage products in live production, up from 15 percent today.

For the 31-page IHS Infonetics Data Center Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey, IHS interviewed purchase-decision makers at North American medium and large organizations about their plans for data center hardware, management software and cloud services over the next two years. Survey participants were asked about data center spending plans, investment drivers, sites, physical servers, virtualization, switch ports, Ethernet and storage technologies, and vendors. To purchase the report, contact Infonetics:


Virtualization Driving Enterprise Data Center Security Purchases, Budgets Growing:

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

Data Center Ethernet Switching Goes Bare Metal:

Download the IHS Infonetics 2015 service brochure or log in:
- Data Center and Enterprise SDN Hardware and Software Forecast (May 18)
- Data Center Network Equipment Forecast (June)
- SAN and Converged Data Center Network Equipment Forecast (June)
- Cloud Service Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey (July 14)
- Cloud Services for IT Infrastructure and Applications Forecast (July 27)

- Software-Defined WAN for Agility and Cost Savings (June 16: Register)
- Bare Metal Switching: Is it for Everyone? (Watch now)
- Which Architecture Is Best for SDN? (Sponsor)
- Driving Cost Efficiency in the Data Center with 25GE (Sponsor)
- Data Center Orchestration: Open Source or Proprietary? (Sponsor)

- North America (West): Larry Howard +1 408-583-3335
- North America:Scott Coyne +1 408-583-3395
- Asia: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song +86 21-3919-8505
- Japan Takashi Kimura, TAK +81 3-6408-5566

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