13 SDN Startups To Keep An Eye On In 2013


What's Next For SDN?

Software-defined networking (SDN) was the major network industry trend of 2012, and in 2013, it's expected to be even more prevalent as SDN technologies move into proof-of-concept deployments.

In recent months, a number of SDN startups have made major product launches, entered new markets and/or emerged from stealth mode, all part of a market that researcher IDC says will reach $2 billion by 2016. Other companies, such as Nicira, Vyatta and Contrail Systems, have been acquired by bigger players -- a trend of M&A that SDN watchers expect to continue over the next 12 months. Here are 13 SDN startups that bear watching, many of which have begun to define channel strategies, too.