The majority of EMEA channel partners and system integrators believe that Software-Defined Networking (SDN) will be of paramount importance over the coming two years, a new survey has revealed.
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Brocade surveyed over 230 distributors, resellers and customers from across EMEA and found that 54% believed SDN and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) would play an increasingly key role in enterprise infrastructure over the coming years.
While only 18% of those surveyed already had live deployments of SDN and NFV, 62% were either currently evaluating solutions or had the intention of doing so over the coming year.
Asked about challenges on the horizon, 46% of customers cited both complexity and bandwidth provisioning as the biggest hurdles to overcome.
When it came to choosing a vendor, 67% of partners said that technology differentiation was a critical factor, while 42% believed that a vendor’s vision and strategy were also key.
“It is clear from this research that our channel partners are looking to the future and are focusing on building the technology solutions that their customers will need in the years to come, in particular SDN and NFV,” said Marcus Jewell, vice president, EMEA, Brocade.
"With customers prioritising virtualisation and BYOD, it’s only natural that complexity and bandwidth are their top challenges. These findings support what we are seeing within our channel programmes," he added.