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Global SDN Market Size to exceed $100bn by 2025

  • Published Date: March 11, 2019

Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market size is set to exceed USD 100 billion by 2025; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights Inc.

The organizations across the globe are under increasing pressure to minimize the capital expenditure and operational costs and become more agile and efficient. This rising pressure has resulted in the widespread adoption of server virtualization and SDN technologies. The has brought a fundamental shift in the way companies are deploying their computing infrastructure. The SDN technology supports dynamic network movement, replication & allocation of virtual resources to better utilize company resources and reduce the capital & operating expenses of organizations.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market

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The SDN controller market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of over 40% over the projected time period. The exponential surge in the generation of digital data has given rise to data congestion issues in various heterogenous network environments. The SDN controller reduces the complexity of managing such networks by improving service delivery and reducing operating expenses. It redirects packet-based network requirements, modifies the traffic flows, and notifies network operators regarding congested links. Managed service providers in software defined networking market are predicted to grow at a CAGR of over 45% over the forecast timeframe. The rising budgetary constraints are encouraging companies to adopt managed services. The managed services reduce capital expenditure by 30 to 40% and increase operational efficiency by approximately 50 to 60%.

Browse key industry insights spread across 250 pages with 318 market data tables & 33 figures & charts from the report, “Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market Size By Component (Solution [Physical Network Infrastructure, SDN Controller, SDN Application], Service [Professional Service, Managed Service]), By End-Use (Enterprise [BFSI, Consumer Goods & Retail, Government & Defense,  Healthcare, Manufacturing and IT Enabled Services], Cloud Service Provider, Telecom Service Provider), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, GCC, North Africa), Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 - 2025” in detail along with the table of contents:


Cloud service providers held over 35% share in the SDN market. Cloud service providers are leveraging on the abilities of SDN to build a cloud inter-network for augmenting the flexibility and scalability of cloud-based platforms. SDN offers a dynamic network framework that can amend the traditional network infrastructure into an efficient service distribution platform. Moreover, SDN adoption in cloud computing solutions can improve the safety and network manageability in data centers.  

The manufacturing industry is expected to register a growth rate of over 40% during the projected timespan. The increasing proliferation of advanced technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M), is driving the use of SDN solutions in the sector. The technology reduces the hardware expenditure by eliminating the requirements for manual configuration. It also enables a central point of control that allows operators to control the whole network as a single unit, enhancing network visibility and streamlining network management.

The Asia Pacific SDN market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 40% during the projected timespan. This is attributed to the increasing adoption of cloud computing and network virtualization technologies. The high investments by telecom service providers will enhance the connectivity infrastructure in the region, augmenting the use of SDN solutions. For instance, China’s telecom companies, such as China Mobile China Unicom, and China Telecom, are set to invest over USD 180 billion by 2023 in the development of the 5G infrastructure, which is expected to supplement market growth. Furthermore, increasing penetration of smartphones and the internet is also adding to market growth.

The key vendors operating in the market are HP, AT&T, IBM, Intel, Juniper, Huawei, Pics8, Big Switch Network Plexxi. Extreme Networks Arista Network, Pluribus, Pics8, NEC Corporation, and Cisco. The major players are strategically acquiring various SDN-based start-ups to enhance product capabilities and gain technical expertise. For instance, in November 2017, the VMware acquired Velocloud to expand its presence in the software defined networking market. VMware intends to integrate Velocloud’s SDN technology into its existing product portfolio. 

The Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2014 to 2025, for the following segments:

SDN Market, By Component

  • Solution
    • Physical Network Infrastructure
    • SDN Controller
    • SDN Application
  • Services
    • Professional Services
    • Managed Services

SDN Market, By End-Use

  • Enterprises
    • BFSI
    • Consumer Goods & Retail
    • Government & Defense
    • Healthcare
    • Manufacturing
    • IT Enabled Services
    • Others
  • Cloud Service Provider
  • Telecom Service Provider

The above information has been provided on a regional basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
    • Australia
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • GCC
    • North Africa
Authors: Ankita Bhutani, Preeti Wadhwani