Dear networking industry, we need to talk about your software

It cannot be denied that networks are increasingly becoming software defined. In fact, IDC estimates that the software-defined networking (SDN) market has grown from a $406 million industry in 2013 to more than $6.6 billion in 2017, with further growth predicted in the coming years.

It’s easy to see why this is the case given the benefits that can be reaped from such change; network programmability, network segmentation, improved traffic handling and improved security just to list a few. SDNs are becoming a requirement to deliver the agility and flexibility required to keep up with the increasing use of public cloud computing.