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1 EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW SOFTWARE-DEFINED NETWORKING Making Sense of a Complex Technology Inflection and Market Opportunity SDN emerged with a bang three years ago, quickly turning networking from boring infrastructure into one of the hottest technical and investment topics in IT. This report aims to create a coherent framework wherein the various SDN approaches can be described and compared. KEY FINDINGS Software-defined networking is being driven by the rapid evolution in datacenter IT and the requirements this creates for evolution in datacenter networking. The market disruption opportunity for SDN is with large-scale datacenter and network service operators, and with specific market segments such as financial services, where IT and networking are truly business-differentiating. Legacy network architecture is seriously constrained in dealing with scale and virtual endpoints. Solving these problems requires either the migration of network function to software running outside the physical network, or the basic architectural improvement of the physical network. Regardless of which path is taken, we are seeing a significant migration of network value from the device sale to the software sale, which will require business-model changes for network industry participants. DECEMBER 2013

2 REPORT SNAPSHOT TITLE Software-Defined Networking ANALYSTS RELEASE DATE December 2013 LENGTH Peter Christy, Research Director, Networks Christian Renaud, Senior Analyst, Networking 47 pages ABOUT THIS REPORT SDN emerged with a bang three years ago, quickly turning the network from boring infrastructure into one of the hottest technical and investment topics in IT. OpenFlow, a revolutionary implementation architecture for networking, started it all, but has failed to live up to initial expectations. SDN is being driven by the rapid evolution in datacenter IT and the requirements this creates for evolution in datacenter networking. Legacy network architecture is seriously constrained in dealing with scale and virtual endpoints, and solving these problems requires either the migration of network function to software running outside the physical network, or the basic architectural improvement of the physical network. The SDN energy has now spread beyond OpenFlow into new areas, including virtual networking and network function virtualization (NFV). Most recently, Cisco has redefined physical network architecture in what it calls Application-Centric Infrastructure, with the conscious goal of solving many of the problems in legacy networking. SDN is a discussion still in progress, and it will be for some time yet. The aim of this report is to create a coherent framework wherein the various SDN approaches can be described and compared, as well as to estimate the market impact and likelihood of disruption of each approach.

3 EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION 1: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY KEY FINDINGS METHODOLOGY SECTION 2: SOFTWARE-DEFINED NETWORKING AN OVERVIEW ISSUES THAT MOTIVATE SDN Issue 1: The Rapidly Changing Needs for Datacenter Networking Issue 2: The Rapid Price/Performance Improvements in Commodity Servers.. 6 Issue 3: The Need for Network Service Providers to Develop Value-Added Businesses WHY THE LEGACY NETWORK IS A PROBLEM SDN DEFINED SECTION 3: A BRIEF HISTORY OF SDN 9 SECTION 4: THE MAJOR CATEGORIES OF SDN OPENFLOW NETWORK VIRTUALIZATION NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION PRAGMATIC ADAPTATIONS SOFTWARE IMPLEMENTATIONS NEW NETWORK ARCHITECTURES SECTION 5: KEY TECHNICAL ISSUES IN SDN 17 ISSUE 1: THE IMPORTANCE AND CHALLENGES OF THE PHYSICAL NETWORK 17 ISSUE 2: THE IMPORTANCE OF PACKET-FORWARDING ASICS ISSUE 3: THE SPECIFICS OF OPENFLOW ISSUE 4: DISTRIBUTION OF FUNCTION ISSUE 5: SCALING ISSUE 6: PERFORMANCE ISSUE 7: AVAILABILITY SOFTWARE-DEFINED NETWORKING

4 SECTION 6: THE OPENFLOW VENDORS BIG SWITCH NETWORKS NICIRA HP NEC ARISTA OTHER SWITCH VENDORS WAN OPENFLOW VENDORS OPEN FLOW SWITCH VENDOR PROFILES SECTION 7: THE VIRTUAL NETWORKING VENDORS VMWARE (NSX/NICIRA) JUNIPER NETWORKS (CONTRAIL) MIDOKURA NUAGE NETWORKS (ALCATEL-LUCENT) PLUMGRID BIG SWITCH NETWORKS NETWORK VIRTUALIZATION VENDOR PROFILES SECTION 8: NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION VENDORS PROPRIETARY SYSTEM PROVIDER VENDORS Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand Citrix ByteMobile ENTERPRISE APPLICATION DELIVERY CONTROLLERS F5 AND CITRIX NETWORK VIRTUALIZATION VENDORS Cisco/Insieme SECTION 9: THE PRAGMATIC VENDORS CISCO (ONEPK) VENDORS WITH PRODUCT DESIGNS THAT ARE ALREADY SOFTWARE-FOCUSED Juniper Arista Cumulus Networks

5 EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW SECTION 10: CISCO APPLICATION-CENTRIC INFRASTRUCTURE 40 SECTION 11: KEY SDN USE CASES NETWORK MANAGEMENT AUTOMATION NETWORK VIRTUALIZATION BACK-END DATACENTER NETWORKS FLOW PROCESSING EXCEPTIONS HYBRID CLOUD IMPLEMENTATIONS NETWORK SERVICE PROVIDER AUTOMATION AND SELF-SERVICE INTEGRATION OF VIRTUAL AND PHYSICAL NETWORKS WITHIN A DATACENTER FEDERATION OF DATACENTERS NEW CLOUD PLATFORMS FOR IAAS ENABLING NETWORK-AS-A-SERVICE OFFERINGS SECTION 12: KEY SDN MARKETS 45 APPENDIX: ADDITIONAL RESEARCH 46 Published Short-Form Research on Referenced Companies INDEX OF COMPANIES 48 SOFTWARE-DEFINED NETWORKING

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