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Brocade Survey Highlights SDN As Top 2015 Trend

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Research conducted by Brocade has found that the majority of EMEA channel partners and system integrators believe that software-defined networking (SDN) will be important over the coming two years.

The survey of over 230 distributors resellers and customers from across EMEA found that 54 per cent believed SDN and Network Functions Virtualisations (NFV) will play an increasing role in enterprise infrastructure from 2015 onwards.

According to the survey, only 18 per cent already have live deployments of SDN and NFV, but 62 per cent were either in the process of evaluating solutions or had the intention of doing so within the next year.

An analysis of the survey also found that 46 per cent of customers consider both complexity and bandwidth provisioning as the largest challenges they'll face in the next two years.

When asked about considerations when choosing a vendor, 67 per cent of those surveyed cited technology differentiation as a key factor, while 42 per cent believed that a vendor's vision and strategy were also important factors in their decision.

According to Marcus Jewell, vice president of EMEA at Brocade, the research clearly suggests that channel partners are looking to the future and building SDN and other technology solutions that will be vital in the next few years.

Speaking to Microscope, he said: "With customers prioritising virtualisation and BYOD, it’s only natural that complexity and bandwidth are their top challenges. These findings support what we are seeing within our channel programmes."

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