Brocade predicts enterprises to embrace NFV/SDN in 2014

The head of Brocade’s Software Networking Business Unit, Kelly Herrell predicts that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined “Everything” will continue to gain momentum in 2014. He claims that exploration of NFV and software-defined technologies (network, virtualization, data center, storage and infrastructure) will evolve from being simply "research," and enterprises will begin to roll out production deployments.

“As an industry, we are seeing a shift toward open, more flexible, efficient, highly programmable and elastic network infrastructure solutions with key initiatives such as OpenStack and the OpenDaylight Project as well as disruptive technologies that will ultimately benefit organizations,” said Herrell. “We expect NFV to gain prominence and drive new revenue opportunities for service providers by pulling managed services into the cloud, drastically reducing costs and increasing service agility. Although it may still be too early for full SDN deployments, a key decision making criteria for infrastructure will be to ensure that infrastructure will support SDN going forward. Open architecture will be key to this future-proof strategy.”

According to Herrell, Fabrics will play a pivotal role towards the fundamental rethink how networks should be architected, designed, deployed and operated in data centers. The goal is to achieve drastic improvements in network efficiency, resource utilization and performance.

Gartner predicts that by 2014 up to 80 percent of network traffic will flow from server to server. Data explosion will force enterprises to flatten networks and deploy more powerful resilient networks while ensuring that the networks can massively grow network capacity on demand without disruptions.

According to Gartner the push for more personal cloud technologies will lead to a shift toward services and away from devices. A study by 451 Research forecasts that the worldwide cloud computing market is expected to grow at a 36 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2016, reaching a market size of $19.5 billion by 2016. These figures demonstrate that CIOs are aware of the new business models, consumption models, user expectations, security issues and privacy concerns associated with the cloud -- and they will use the cloud to drive growth and innovation throughout their organizations.

“In 2014, we expect the cloud to develop into a key business enabler and, as private clouds mature, the desire to leverage public cloud elasticity will grow,” Heller adds.

Despite on-going concerns over security and interoperability the Internet of Things is set to revolutionize industries such as healthcare, retail and transportation with the movement gaining traction in 2014. As a result, enterprises need to start studying how the Internet of Things will affect their business.

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