US Firms Split on SDN: Juniper Survey
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, announced findings from its Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Progress Report that found there are two distinct camps when it comes to adoption of the technology. The study found more than half of U.S. businesses surveyed (52.5 percent) plan to adopt SDN, while the other half (47.5 percent) say they still have no plans to implement the technology.
In the wake of significant discussion in the networking industry about the potential for SDN, Juniper Networks asked 400 IT decision makers (ITDMs) about how they plan to architect their networks in the future.
Of the surveyed companies that have plans to adopt SDN, 74 percent say they plan to do so in within the next year, with 30 percent indicating they plan to make the move in just one month.
However, SDN is not without its challenges and potential barriers as companies drive adoption. Following cost (50 percent), ITDMs noted difficulty integrating with existing systems (35 percent), security concerns (34 percent) and lack of skills from existing employees (28 percent) as the top challenges to adoption of SDN. These perceived challenges may be attributable to the 47.5 percent of respondents who indicated that they do not have plans to deploy SDN-enabled technology.
The survey asked ITDMs to provide their perspectives on SDN readiness, what benefits it presents and the challenges they face.
-- High availability and resiliency (30 percent)
-- Analytics and reporting (23 percent)
-- Automation and rapid provisioning (19 percent)
-- Open source options (12 percent)
-- Scale (10 percent)
"The networking industry is going through a fundamental technology change driven by the need to turn up customer-facing apps more quickly and to simplify network operations. This evolution to SDN will not be overnight, but we're excited to see it happen and to partner with companies to help them realize their full SDN potential." - Mike Marcellin, senior vice president of strategy and marketing for Juniper Networks