The origin of software-defined networking (SDN), which is thought to have gotten its start around 2008, isn’t that long ago all things considered. But more than a decade in the IT space might as well be a century.
SDN has matured to a point in which many companies and service providers are employing the next-generation networking approach to simplify and more dynamically configure and program their networking operations. While some of the largest IT vendors have embraced SDN as a big part of their own networking strategies, such as Cisco, Dell, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), a plethora of SDN startups also entered the fray over the last decade.
Some of these startups were scooped up by the incumbent IT vendors, but others have stood alone over the past decade and have carved out their own space in the market with differentiated solutions and agile approaches to networking. Here are five such channel-friendly SDN companies that solution providers should keep an eye on in 2020.