GigaOM Research Publishes Sector RoadMap™ on Software-defined Networking

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New report highlights Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Cisco, Extreme Networks, HP, Huawei, Juniper Networks and NEC.

Analyst Mark Leary examines key benefits, leading vendors, and the long-term outlook for the SDN market.

GigaOM Research has published its newest Sector RoadMap™ report on software-defined networking (SDN), which is expected to be the next big area of investment in networking. Authored by research analyst Mark Leary, the report examines key benefits, leading vendors, and the long-term outlook for the SDN market.

As with previous networking trends, such as ethernet connectivity and voice over IP, full market acceptance and widespread deployment of SDN will take five to 10 years to develop. During this time, solutions and suppliers will rise and fall. Leary identified the following six market disruption vectors that will help separate the leaders from the pack as the market develops: technology leadership, partner ecosystem, customer care, application buildout, solution completion, and market delivery.

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • Standards are still evolving, products are still developing, partnerships are still forming, and buyers continue to learn. All of these factors mean the SDN market remains wide open.
  • Participating vendors are presented with many targets of opportunity in the SDN market because of the inclusion of multiple customer segments and network segments. With so much promise, both broad-based and specialized suppliers will be able to find success in the SDN market if they execute properly across the disruption vectors.

Sector RoadMaps are GigaOM Research’s newest form of ecosystem analysis and research. The reports identify disruption vectors, the key competitive areas of a market that hold the greatest potential for large-scale disruptive shifts. Sector RoadMaps feature a model of data visualization that illustrates the relative, weighted significance of the disruptive forces identified in the report.

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