The world is gradually becoming smarter as technologically empowered devices continue to deploy Internet of Things (IoT) technology for introducing process automation to most systems. According to Intel Corporation, approximately 200 billion objects will be empowered by IoT technology by the end of 2020. Since IoT holds a lot of potential for influencing functioning of products, it will also require fast-paced networking systems that could reduce complexity. IoT will require faster processing of data that is collected between two devices empowered by this technology. Storage of data will be a prerequisite, since it will need to be protected from becoming susceptible to hacking attacks. IoT will generate an extremely large amount of data which cannot be processed by traditional administrative systems. This will act as an esteemed growth driver for the Scalable Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market as SDN’s elastic property allows for easy processing of big data. The healthcare industry will greatly benefit from SDN as the increasing number of medical devices equipped with IoT will require a large amount of bandwidth that will be a heavy load on the hospital’s network. During the forecast period of 2019-2025, the scalable SDN market will experience outstanding growth at a CAGR of 28.7%. In 2018, the market earned a revenue of $1.12 billion.

The scalable SDN market can be segmented on the basis of use cases, geography, and entropy. Based on use cases, the market can be segmented into radio access networks, mobile core, EPC, IMS virtualization, operation support system, business support system, mobile backhaul, wireline fixed access networks, and customer premises equipment. By entropy, the market can be segmented into new product launches, collaborations, and joint ventures. Radio access networks are virtual networks that bridge the gap between the core network (CN) and any remote or standalone device that used this network including a mobile phone, a computer, a tablet, and others. Nowadays, it is possible for devices to connect with multiple radio access networks at the same time. Such is the growth of networking and software infrastructure, that the world is now progressing towards a completely software defined 5G radio access network. Since the primary function of a mobile core network is sharing information across different systems on a single network, scalable SDN is now being deployed for it. As the newest trend in mobile networks is the introduction of fifth generation networks, it is certain that a strong network infrastructure will be required for a unified service such as 5G that will serve different kinds of services including Internet of Things, mobile broadband, and others. Complexity in fifth generation radio access networks can be dealt with SDN services as it can easily handle inter-cell radio resource management. This is the reason radio access networks serve as a strong segment of the scalable SDN market. This segment has been evaluated to grow with a robust CAGR of 36.7% during the forecast period.

Scalable Software Defined Networking Market: Regional Share

The APAC region has emerged as the geographical leader in the scalable SDN market. In 2018, the APAC region held a 34.4% share of the total revenue earned by the market globally. The information technology sector in India is booming. India has gradually transitioned from being a primarily agricultural economy to a nation driven by the services industry. Information technology services are heavily outsourced in India with several software companies to have emerged and established themselves.  Infosys Limited, one of India’s indigenous and largest information technology services providers have increased their consumer base by providing accelerated SDN-NFV solutions that help businesses in severely cutting down on time invested in maintaining networks in data centers. Enterprises around the world are benefitting from SDN services provided by various companies established in India. This is the primary reason why the APAC region has attained considerable growth in terms of revenue earned.

Scalable Software Defined Networking Market: Security Benefits

With the advent of big data, a growing number of enterprises have completely shifted their databases online. Storage of data online is a risky process and enterprises are always at the likelihood of reeling from the effects of cyber-attacks. Internet of Things technology will contribute to the necessity for data security since automation is also prone to phishing attacks. This is the reason why they have now started employing software defined networks in handling data security. SDN will prove to be an efficient solution for fighting against cybercrime which continues to increase with expansion of data. Data traffic anomalies can be monitored more aggressively with software defined networking. This helps in timely blocking of malicious content before it seeps into the highly vulnerable and critical areas of a network. Another advantage of SDN while evading cybercrime is its ability for selective blocking of malicious activities in traffic. This helps in retaining the normal traffic flow of a network while essential data security continues to be performed. Evasion of cyber security issues through the use of scalable software defined networking will influence the market in a positive manner.

Major Players of The Market

Several information technology and software firms across the world have realized the potential of scalable software defined networking market and how its major product can be used to positively change the landscape of networking in the upcoming years. These companies include Cisco Systems, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., Juniper Networks, Inc., Huawei Technologies, NEC Corp, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Ciena Corp., and Intel Corp.

Juniper Networks, a California-based multinational corporation developing and marketing networking products, conducted a survey of 500 individuals working in the information technology industry in June 2019. The study collectively pointed out how software defined networking is being driven by network security challenges and development of artificial intelligence or machine learning technologies. Further, the survey credited software defined networking with allowing simple networked resources that could bridge the gap between data centers and wide area networks. This greatly helps in the reduction of complexity found in networks that are defined statically and subsequently making automation in network solutions much easier.

Cisco Systems, Inc. on the other hand, is offering two different kinds of software defined networking - data center and enterprises. One of the success stories of Cisco SDN services is improving networking in Durham County which is located in North Carolina. The company wanted to change the entire landscape of its data center for delivering public services to its consumers with efficiency. According to Cisco, before the provision of their solutions, IT services spent around 80% out of their entire day in maintaining the network in their data center instead of focusing on innovations. Using Cisco ACI, most of the processes in the data center were automated which majorly reduced manual work. Moreover, it removed the complexity present in the networking system, thus now only spending 20% of their entire working day’s time in maintenance of data servers. Success stories such as these help consumers in gaining trust in the system, thereby accentuating the growth of the global scalable software defined networking market. 

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