Software is driving the innovation engine in the networking industry with the fastest-growing vendors doubling down on software-defined networking (SDN) technologies to make the network more agile, flexible and less expensive. Customers are deploying SDN to improve network access control, micro-segmentation and the ability to quickly implement software-based products from security and video applications.
Research firm IDC expects the SDN market to grow from around $400 million in 2013 to more than $6.6 billion in 2017. The firm estimates the market will grow at a 25 percent compound annual growth rate to nearly $14 billion by 2021. CRN looks at 10 of the coolest and most-sought-after SDN technologies in the market during 2017.
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