Everyone wants open source SDNs

OpenDaylight commissioned study uncovers a shocker

Nearly all respondents to an OpenDaylight survey on SDN and NFV want open source in their implementations. The survey, conducted late last year among 600 North American IT practitioners split evenly between enterprises and service providers, found that 95% want open source SDNs and NFV deployments.

OpenDaylight commissioned the survey, which was conducted by Gigaom Research. OpenDaylight is a vendor-driven project to develop an open source software-defined networking and network functions virtualization framework so it's no surprise that a survey they commissioned found overwhelming support for what they're working on.

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Nonetheless, OpenDaylight said it commissioned the survey "to understand the importance of openness" in SDN and NFV to enterprises and service providers:

The data confirmed that networking professionals believe open source is critical to driving adoption of SDN and NFV by creating de facto standards through common code development.

Other findings of the survey include:

  • Open source represents to the respondents greater choice, more functionality and interoperability, and lower costs;
  • Seventy-six percent prefer to consume open source through commercial suppliers;
  • The top four demands from SDN demands are security (72%), network utilization (64%), network deployment and management (62%), and network operating expense (61%);
  • Respondents believe open source can deliver the benefits of SDN faster by overcoming traditional barriers of adoption for emerging technology, like migration and interoperability;
  • Over 50% of respondents intend to deploy SDN and NFV in 2014, and 97% by 2015. The primary initial target for enterprises is WAN, while for service providers it is the data center.

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