Networking 2013: The Year of SDN, December 17, 2013 Software-defined networking and network virtualization grabbed the industry by the throat in 2013, dominating almost every conversation about the future of networking. The year also was marked by major M&A deals, the arrival of 802.11ac products, and the ongoing Huawei saga. Here, we take you back through some of the memorable moments in networking in 2013.
SDN Takes Center Stage
In 2013, software-defined networking evolved from slideware to real products hitting the market from both established vendors and a slew of startups. Although the SDN market is in early stages, research firms have eye-popping projections for its growth. Transparency Market Research expects the global SDN market to reach $3.52 billion by 2018, based on an annual growth rate of 61.5% from 2012 to 2018.