SDN To Drive Down Service Provider Capex & Opex, Heavy Reading Finds

Network equipment providers' new focus on SDN will help drive down capex and opex, says Heavy Reading Components Insider

Feb 19, 2014, 09:00 ET from Heavy Reading

NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Network equipment providers are investing in software-defined networking (SDN) as it can significantly reduce service provider capex and opex, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Components Insider (, a paid research service of Heavy Reading (

Switching Technology & Components for SDN details and analyzes switch devices, embedded SDN software and innovative SDN switch systems identifying the key requirements and highlighting the advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers and service providers. The report also reviews vendor strategies and surveys component features, performance and flexibility in this important market.

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"SDN is a key focus for network equipment providers as it has a significant potential to reduce service provider capex and opex," says Simon Stanley, research analyst for Heavy Reading Components Insider and author of the report. "Software developers have introduced enhanced network operating systems and stacks with support for SDN that will run on a wide range of hardware platforms."

SDN is the single most important development in data center networking for a decade, Stanley says. "SDN will allow service providers to deploy a flexible network that is implemented on standard server and switch hardware significantly reducing the capital cost," he adds. " The challenge for the industry is not only developing these next-generation switch devices but also ensuring they interoperate with the rest of the SDN infrastructure."

Key findings of Switching Technology & Components for SDN include the following:

  • SDN is key focus for service providers and network equipment manufacturers and will drive down capex and opex
  • A new SDN ecosystem is forming to provide software, silicon devices and hardware platforms
  • 1.28-1.44Tbit/s switch devices with SDN support available from multiple vendors
  • Low latency and high bandwidth switch devices are at the center of SDN-based networks
  • OpenFlow, VxLAN, NVGRE and EVB supported by latest Ethernet switch devices
  • SDN enabled network operating systems available from multiple vendors
  • Embedded SDN software supports a mix of virtual and physical switches

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