Indian Enterprises Moving Forward - The SDN Way
Enterprise IT World|October 2018
Indian Enterprises Moving Forward - The SDN Way

The move towards cloud-based service delivery architectures, consistent innovation in rapidly evolving communication networks, expected 5G revolution and increasing use of automation in enterprise functions has made SDN an area of great potential for any large enterprise vying for greater control and optimization in its networking infrastructure.

Chitresh Sehgal

Having created quite a buzz in recent times, SDN is today on the cusp of becoming mainstay for enterprise with large network of operations. With high speed data connectivity becoming a basic demand across verticals mandating a major haul of existing networking technologies. This is further fueled by significant evolution in the way enterprises function today. With increasing awareness of the myriad business benefits offered by the Digital, today, well-equipped IT Teams headed by dynamic CIOs are collaborating endlessly with technology providers to enhance their digital presence and capabilities. The move towards cloud-based service delivery architectures and increasing use of automation in enterprise functions has made Software-Defined Networks (SDN) an area of great potential for enterprise to adopt in the days to come.

The global SDN market too compliments this with a true blueprint of the growing numbers. As per a recent industry report, the global SDN market for the enterprise and cloud service provider segments grew from $960 million in 2014 to over $8 billion in 2018, representing a strong CAGR of 89.4%. The report bases this on the increasing deployments across the SDN ecosystem which includes in-use physical network infrastructure, controller and network-virtualization software, SDN network and security services and related applications, and SDN-related professional services.

Business Transformation in today’s digital age demands capabilities which optimize the elements of interoperability, agility, security, and the ability to run networks without much human intervention. This is where SDN is changing the face of enterprise networks transforming operations in ICT industry by leaps and bounds, offering improved networks through virtualization. The goal of SDN is to improve network control by enabling enterprises and service providers to respond quickly to changing business requirements. New communication models and networks are a huge opportunity for the Indian market where the density and complexity of deliverables is considerably heavier than counterparts owing to consumer diversity. SDN brings better scalability, security and proven cost efficiency to the game.


Digital consumer behavior in India has been rapidly evolving. Economies are transitioning towards Smart Societies powered by Internet of Things, Sensor, Robotics and Big Data Analytics all of which will need networks to transform and scale rapidly. And with Cloud now having penetrated into every quantifiable and scaled business, service providers are remodeling their businesses. With a data-centric, enterprises are exploring new ways to reduce costs, improve efficiency and resource usage, while scaling up at a never before speed. Fast networks and Data mines are creating new revenue-generating services consequently enabling the ability to perform at par with global peers.

Latest innovation in the technological space has necessitated readiness of the infrastructural base for providing future 5G mobile networks in India. SDN and NFV are at the core of this move into the new era of networks and provide a whole new dimension on how customer uses data. Real time approach powered by SDN is going to help businesses deliver a new consumer experience. On the vendor side, technology providers, predominantly the networking companies and service providers are sensing a world of opportunities in this domain. Big names have introduced new initiatives to gain a significant market share in the SDN segment. SDN players are also coming out with innovative ways to ease the adoption. Increased virtualization, growing ecosystem of IoT and intense digitalization by both the government and enterprises sector promises new opportunities in the networking domain. As Vivek Dharia, CIO, KNP Securities explains, “SDN is for organizations having thousands of locations that need to be connected and secured, requiring bigger control to manage there IT infrastructure. In India those companies who start small, start solid with SDN and some of them succeeded.”


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October 2018