In 2013, last time Tech Pro Research conducted a poll on the topic, half of respondents said they didn't know anything about software-defined networking. This time, respondents were more familiar with SDN and much more willing to consider it. Plans to implement increased from 6% in 2013 to 32% now.
Respondents whose companies have already made the leap reported faster time to implementation for new business solutions, improved network performance, lower network management costs, and better reliability. 80% of that group said their operational objectives were met and 33% said there were no negative outcomes after implementation.
There are still people who doubt SDN, though. Of the 25% of respondents who said their companies had no plans to consider SDN, 43% reported that they saw no apparent reason for doing so, and 27% said there's still too little information about the benefits.
This infographic contains other important points from the research. To read more findings about software-defined networking, download the report from Tech Pro Research. SDN and the data center: Deployment plans, business drivers, and preferred vendors. (Membership required.)
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