With the rise in mobile devices, data traffic has increased significantly, and as cloud environments grow and networks become more complex, programming and automation have been thrust into the foreground. The road seems well set for the entry and growth of SDN, according to a new report from Micromarket Monitor.
With virtualization becoming a growing trend and cloud storage technologies increasing, SDN’s status will rise further as the market gets bigger.
The North American region is expected to be at the center of all SDN activity, as it is expected to see a huge growth in cloud storage and virtualization. In addition, cloud traffic is expected to grow to 1,886 Exabytes by 2017. That’s enough right there to trigger the growth of SDN.
So, what is SDN and what does it do?
Put simply, SDN is a rather new architecture that redefines how networks are built and managed. It separates the software control and the hardware performance. SDN abstracts the network, making it easier to program and simpler to manage, and as cloud environments grow, SDN helps clouds scale almost infinitely.
Also, with the increase in cloud storage solutions, changing data traffic patterns and increasing workloads, networks would need to be faster and more agile. Application driven SDNs provide the flexibility and scale that networks need.
In short, SDN brings everything together by helping to connect clouds, applications and network devices, and by helping network administrators to automate their work.
Hence, the report estimates that the North American SDN market will grow from $159.3 million in 2014 to $1,443.8 million in 2019 at a CAGR of 55.4 percent. Major players in this market are bound to be impacted.
Moreover, the number of cellular devices in Latin America is said to have risen rapidly because of their ubiquity at the FIFA World Cup 2014, and is expected to rise even further in the light of the upcoming Rio de Janiero Olympics in 2016.
The stage has thus been set for the quick deployment of 4G LTE (News
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Edited by Rory J. Thompson