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August 1, 2014

Only 52% of US firms plan to adopt SDN

74% of the overall surveyed firms would implement the technology within the next year.

By CBR Staff Writer

US firms are split on implementation of software-defined networking (SDN), with 52.5% planning to adopt the technology and 47.5% of them still not interested in implementing it, a new Juniper Networks report finds.

74% of the overall surveyed firms would implement the new technology within the next year, with 30% indicating to implement such plans within a month.

Juniper Networks strategy and marketing senior vice president Mike Marcellin said: "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 realizetheir full SDN potential."

About 50% of surveyed firms do not implement SDN due to its cost, followed by complexity in integrating with existing systems (35), security concerns (34%) and short of skills from existing employees (28%).

Of the overall surveyed, 30% of them would adopt SDN if it is highly available and resilient; 23% for analytics and reporting; 19% for automation and rapid provisioning; 12 for open source options; and 10% for scale.

Further, 77% of the surveyed firms deem that most business networks will adopt SDN technology in the following five years time.

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