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8 Networking Vendors Catching Fire In 2016

Vendors will be battling it out in the networking industry as SDN and NFV catch on. Here's who to watch.


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SDN Pumping

SDN is regularly pumping IT industry to take step ahead and do something new and different from traditional IT, one of the biggest example is Anuta Networks, which is somewhat new in market, founded in 2010 and with help of SDN made to list and shared good competition.

Re: SDN Pumping

Agreed, the number of use cases or possibilities increases through the help of SDN. Either, these opportunities will be captured by existing network providers or by new entities. Security is a major area, SDN enabled security can create an environment that is better and it should be watched closely in 2016.

Re: SDN Pumping

Yes, security will get some support from SDN, seeking to ease of network management. But before all these benefits, deployment is hidden with pretty complex challenges from bandwidth to network devices and not to miss cost factor.

Re: SDN Pumping

Virsingh,

Have to agree wholeheartedly.

If SDN Vendors can provide Security as a valuable Add-on and also take care of the BYOD and IoT Wave effectively on Enterprise Networks;I am sure Consumers will be willing and ready to pay a Premium for their products.

This is an area where the startup-Viptela looks very,very interesting.Getting named in Gartner's Cool Vendors list also means something right???

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Viptela offers what it calls a secure extensible network (SEN) solution. That solution consists of two key components: the vSmart Cloud-based SDN-WAN Controller and the vManage Network Management System (NMS).
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But first they have to deliver the Goods reliably.

We are not there yet unfortunately.

Regards

Ashish.

Re: SDN Pumping

@Ashu001: You comment make me realize that we expect a lot from SDN, considering the hype in SDN, yes expectation will be high. But a reality check say SDN it self is becoming little complex in terms of services and deployment. In urge of making network management easy, we have included lot many factors, like controller, we have specified controller for each service, this makes number increase and so do complexity.

Re: SDN Pumping

“If SDN Vendors can provide Security as a valuable Add-on and also take care of the BYOD and IoT Wave effectively on Enterprise Networks;I am sure Consumers will be willing and ready to pay a Premium for their products.”

Asish, you are right. Security is a fear among enterprise/end user level peoples and vendors are making use of such fear by converting it to business.

Re: SDN Pumping

@virsingh211, great point about network management, in a dynamic environment, small changes can create a large impact on the network and the requirement for control is increased.
Windows 10 and 8.1 is a good example that can impact the network at certain times. Windows 8.1 users have been reporting that their update files are growing massively in size, up to 1.1GB and beyond, multiply this with the number of PCs that an organization has in operations and the network impact can be large. Windows 10 has enabled P2P file sharing for the download of update files, this will create upload requirements on the user's network along with the usual download requirement. If P2P is blocked, it will free up network resources but, it might also restrict the transfer of valuable.

Re: SDN Pumping

I understand your point @Brian.Dean, but i guess with system improvement this calls for educating employees about handling such files. As an example employess now know, that deleting temp, %temp%, prefetch can improve performance of web browsing. Same goes with update, we will need to educate employees on concentrate what you need and delete rest, as now update is not user controlled. It is automatic and system drived. This makes educating employess even more important.

Re: SDN Pumping

“Windows 10 has enabled P2P file sharing for the download of update files, this will create upload requirements on the user's network along with the usual download requirement. If P2P is blocked, it will free up network resources but, it might also restrict the transfer of valuable.”

Brian, P2P file sharing can reduce the bandwidth & internet requirement for downloading to an extent and hence a little saves. But at the same time other network transactions can taken place in a smoother way.

Re: SDN Pumping

@Mynet, the reduction will take place at Microsoft's end and the extra weight will be supported at the users end. It is interesting to see one of the largest cloud provider implement a strategy that offloads compute and network requirements away from its servers and onto the user end.
The certificate and authentication of Windows update files will also become important otherwise, P2P networks could broadcast malicious code.

Re: SDN Pumping

“the reduction will take place at Microsoft's end and the extra weight will be supported at the users end. It is interesting to see one of the largest cloud provider implement a strategy that offloads compute and network requirements away from its servers and onto the user end.”

Brian, interesting; how this can happen? Spreading/increasing the business on other’s expense/resources are quite unhealthy.

Re: SDN Pumping

“The certificate and authentication of Windows update files will also become important otherwise, P2P networks could broadcast malicious code.”

Brian, this is applicable for new windows 10 download or hereafter for all windows including future updates.

Re: SDN Pumping

SDN enabled security? Seems a bit of a stretch - or do yo mean that someone is taking the time to actually secure their SDN controllers, virtualization controllers, ZTP servers, etc? Can you imagine the glorious-ness that would ensure if someone were to own an SDN controller and gain access to something like the VNI to VTEP mapping table... lulz everywhere...

Re: SDN Pumping

I believe micro-segmentation, offered by SDN products as varied as Cisco ACI, VMware NSX, vArmour and Nuage VSP are cases of security assisted by SDN. But I also completely agree that securing the SDN controllers is very important, and vendors need to be up-front about stating how well their controller systems are secured. If they are compromised, all bets are off.

How large?

> IDC has predicted that between 2014 and 2018 the SDN market will grow from $960 million to more than $8 billion -- that's an annual growth rate of 89.4%.

How large is the SDN market today? How much further does it have to go to meet IDC's prediction?

Re: How large?

I feel that the SDN market size as predicted by IDC is on track i.e. $3.4 billion as of December 2015 ($960 million at 89.4% over two years) because, IDC's prediction is on the conservative side -- a few other research firms are expecting the SDN market to be at $35 billion by 2018. The SDN market presents a very nice picture if we compare it to the declining PC market.

Re: How large?

Brian,

35 Billion Dollars by 2018!!!

At a time of declining demand and CAPEX globally sounds too much.

If those analysts would have quoted anything close to $9 Billion or so;I would have accepted their numbers but these numbers are definitely open to more scrutiny.

I for one don't agree with such inflated expectations one bit.

Regards

Ashish.

Re: How large?

@Ashu001, I completely agree. IDC's conservative figure of $8 billion is easier to accept than the inflated figures.
It is easy to create a figure that might be extremely inflated. If a business has invested $100 million into SDN research and the business on average operates at a profit margin of 20% then, at the end of the year it could be said that the SDN market size has grown by an additional $120 million. However, financial professionals make a large distinction between capital spent on research and capital invested into development.

Re: How large?

Lies, Damn lies, Statistics...

Even $3B is a farcical number if you actually count what is ACTUALLY SDN, and not when someone takes a LAN Switch and says 'please please count my box as SDN because we put an API on a Broadcom chip'.

If you could just SDN revenue - software revenue - I am going to bet less than $600m in 2018...

Re: How large?

“35 Billion Dollars by 2018!!! At a time of declining demand and CAPEX globally sounds too much. If those analysts would have quoted anything close to $9 Billion or so;I would have accepted their numbers but these numbers are definitely open to more scrutiny. I for one don't agree with such inflated expectations one bit.”

Asish, normally predictions are always at higher end. Survey agencies used to add 10-25 % more to make the hype, but another 2 year time frame is there for 2018. If you are looking from other corner these SDN technology can be obsolete too by this time.