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The 10 Coolest Software-Defined Networking Technologies Of 2016 (So Far)

CRN looks at 10 of the coolest software-defined networking technologies in the market so far this year that are revolutionizing the network world.

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SDN Heating Up In 2016

Software-defined networking has begun to hit the mainstream market in 2016 as vendors report thousands of customers now using SDN solutions.

The SDN market is expected to reach $12.5 billion in the data center by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 54 percent over the next four years, according to an IDC report. The benefits of SDN are no longer being overlooked as it offers the ability to provide businesses with automated provisioning of workloads, improves security, reduces vendor lock-in and cuts networking expenses.

"The potential for long-term innovation that could emerge with an open SDN-based marketplace is clearly disruptive to what has traditionally been a hardware-centric-model," said Mark Fabbi, Gartner lead analyst and author of Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking.

CRN takes a look at 10 of the coolest SDN technologies in the market so far this year.

(For more on the "coolest" of 2016, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")

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