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Third platform to catalyze SDx adoption in 2016: Gaurav Sharma,IDC

Yogesh Gupta | June 29, 2016
CIOs should conduct a careful assessment of vendor's roadmaps, service capabilities, R&D budgets and ability to integrate with one's own existing investments for SDx, says Gaurav Sharma, IDC India.

SDx or Software Defined Anything is a technology or concept that is making its presence felt across enterprises' IT infrastructure. 

"But SDx is not for everyone at present. Customers with a static workload are expected to benefit less than others," says Gaurav Sharma, Research Manager-Enterprise & IPDS, IDC India. 

"Vendors for SDx should be chosen carefully as they themselves are evolving towards this approach and overhype/race to be the first (unless understood and assessed properly) should be avoided," says Sharma at IDC India. 

Which components of SDx are seeing more growth - SDS or SDN? And why? 

SDS and SDN are both gaining traction in the market. SDN is creating more noise due to the traditional networks currently becoming the bottleneck because of lack of innovation over the last few years. It is therefore taking a center stage to solve some of the challenges posed by the 3rd platform and associated exponential rise of the data growth. Both are evolving and are undergoing constant changes from different vendors, in terms of product development as well as from an adoption perspective. 

In the Indian context, few PoCs are happening for SDN while SDS is largely in the discussion stage for most of the organizations but both of them are getting attention from the (potential) customers in some shape and form and are expected to grow in the coming years. 

How will SDx market grow by 2018 and what are the key factors to drive this growth? 

SDN market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 89.4% for a period of 2013-18 basis an IDC study in 2014, to $8 Bn globally at the end of this period. This is comprised of physical network infrastructure, virtualization/control software, SDN applications (including network and security services) and professional services. 

Factors to drive this growth: 

Need for better operational efficiency

Need for flexibility and scalability in the infrastructure

Changing application workloads demanding architecture agnostic solutions

Maximizing value from virtualization investmentsIncrease in multi-tenant environments

Exponential increase in data forcing the carriers to innovate over traditional ways marking them obsolete

Geographically dispersed data sets (due to globalization) requiring new age architectures to respond to the needs of speed and agility

Need for easy control of costs and more effective opex based modelsNeed for improved security and productivity

Need for better utilization and availability of infrastructure

Do you see any roadblocks for Indian companies to go the 'software defined' route? 

There are visible challenges and maybe roadblocks for India Inc. These are  

Lack of standardization of solutions

Lack of regulations/Framework (to balance control vs misuse)

Scarcity of in-house IT skills

Lack of understanding on path of migration

Cost of Migration


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