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Infonetics: Virtual Servers and Switches to Dominate Data Center by 2015, Paving the Way to SDN

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2013 Data Center and SDN Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey, which explores the current state of the data center and North American enterprises’ plans to evolve the data center over the next 2 years.


“Physical networks continue to be the foundation for the high-performance connectivity that today’s virtualized applications demand, and our latest data center study bears this out, confirming that investment in data center technologies remains robust as businesses seek to improve application performance, increase security, and reduce costs,” notes Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research.

“Virtualization is unstoppable,” adds Grossner. “With the average number of virtual machines per server hitting 30 by 2015, we look for virtual switches running on general purpose servers to become the new network edge.”


  • Over ¾ of enterprises participating in Infonetics’ survey cite “improving application performance” as a top driver for investing in the data center
  • Survey respondents anticipate that over half the servers in their data centers will be virtualized by 2015
  • SDN (software-defined networking) passes the “sniff” test: enterprises are seriously evaluating SDN, but most will wait to deploy it until they believe it’s ready for prime time

    • Infonetics expects SDN to go mainstream by 2017
  • When asked to name the top 3 SDN vendors, various respondents named Avaya, Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft, Oracle and VMware – with Cisco receiving the most votes
  • Speed tops the list of important criteria when selecting a fabric for the data center, with 66% of respondents looking at support for 10GE, 40GE, and even 100GE
  • Increasingly, network equipment is being purchased as part of a data-center-in-a-rack or app-in-a-rack bundle rather than as separate best-of-breed solutions for servers, storage, and networking
  • The convergence of Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC) networks using FCoE is going slow, with 46% of enterprises indicating they still plan to increase spending on FC technology


For its 2013 32-page data center and SDN enterprise survey, Infonetics interviewed purchase-decision makers at 105 North American medium and large organizations about their plans for data center hardware, management software, and cloud services. Survey participants were asked about data center profiles, spending plans, investment drivers, server virtualization, Ethernet and storage technologies, and vendors, as well as SDN deployment plans and top SDN vendors. To buy the survey, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.



Download Infonetics’ 2013 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at http://www.infonetics.com/login.


Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • Monetizing Subscriber Data to Drive Big Revenue (Dec. 17: Attend)
  • Data Center Firewalls: The New Performance Requirements (View on demand)
  • Unified Communications in the Cloud (View on demand)
  • Building Blocks for Service-Aware Networks Based on SDN and NFV (View on demand)
  • SDNs for Enterprise LAN Optimization and Enhanced Security (2014: Sponsor)


N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard, larry@infonetics.com, +1 408-583-3335

N. America (East, Midwest), L. America: Scott Coyne, scott@infonetics.com, +1 408-583-3395

EMEA, India, Singapore: George Stojsavljevic, george@infonetics.com, +44 755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp


Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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