Sales of software-defined networking (SDN) gear for data centers is on the rise and will likely jump 65 percent this year, according to new research from the Dell'Oro Group. The research firm said the reason for the rise in SDN is because architectures have been ratified and production deployments are starting. The report also said that network security appliances and Ethernet switches will feel the majority of the impact in the rise of SDN spending.
Dell'Oro Vice President Alan Weckel said that by 2020, data centers will look dramatically different than they do today because of the transformation of the Ethernet switch market. He added that the evolution toward 10-Gigabit Ethernet in the enterprise and 25-Gigabit Ethernet in the cloud is an opportunity for data center vendors to snag more IT spending.
The move toward SDN has impacted router/switching vendors. In the fourth quarter of 2013, router/switch revenue declined 4 percent from the same period a year ago, according to Infonetics Research.
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