25 May 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Verizon has unveiled the findings of its latest survey that aims to explore why companies are rapidly deploying software-defined networking (SDN).
The report entitled Move fast, stay ahead, surveyed 165
senior IT leaders from large global organisations to find out
what is driving this quick adoption of SDN and why the
Of those surveyed, 15% of companies said that they are
already piloting or deploying SDN technologies, with a
prediction being made that this number will rise to 57% over
the next two years. Over that same time frame 12% are expected
to have deployed SDN throughout their entire organisation.
Interestingly 31% foresee their SDN deployments happening at a
slower pace and have predicted deployment to happen over the
next three to five years.
"Increased deployment is inevitable," said Mark Timbs, CIO
of the UK construction, infrastructure and property group
Lendlease, which has made a number of successful investments in
SDN. "It’s already proving invaluable in remote
places because it’s reducing the need to get
skilled technical hands into far-flung areas at short notice,
but also, this is the way industries are heading in terms of
their telecoms and networking providers, so the evolution
toward SDN is becoming a natural one."
The business case for the deployment of SDN was also
reinforced during the survey. Almost half (49%) of respondents
see the need to scale their network functionality, 44% believe
SDN will give them a competitive edge and help them remain
agile enough to respond quickly to opportunities, the same
percentage (44%) said that they need to deploy services to
internal lines of business quickly.
According to the report, the key benefits of SDN adoption
include: increased network security (56%), increased
application performance (50%) and increased network resilience
"Like most organizations, we are doing a lot with the
ever-increasing data sets. Having a good network that allows us
to take advantage of media-rich applications across the firm,
to communicate and share with one another in our firm and then
out to our clients, that is all on our roadmap. We will be
taking greater and greater advantage of this," added Matt
Peers, global COO at law firm Linklaters.
86% of respondents strongly agree that SDN can enable more
rapid deployment of new applications, services and
infrastructure. Further to this nine out of ten survey
respondents strongly agree that the greater agility and
simplicity of SDN will enable their businesses to be more
innovative in their approach to new types of applications,
services and business models.
"In and of itself, the internet is a pretty resilient thing
and we’ve only seen improvements in resilience
rather than reductions in our SDN trials," said Shaun Baker,
global director of network services at BP.