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Spotlight on SDN By @MatMathews | @CloudExpo [#SDN #Cloud]

Nearly 80 percent of medium and large size businesses plan to implement SDN technology in the data center by 2017

Infonetics analyst Clifford Grossner recently released a SDN enterprise study which found that nearly 80 percent of medium and large size businesses plan to implement SDN technology in the data center by 2017. The survey of 153 businesses also revealed that 65 percent of respondents are currently conducting data center SDN lab trials or plan to do so in 2015. Marcia Savage of NetworkComputing cites the Infonetics data and names SDN as a top networking trend in a piece this week titled “What’s Hot In Networking: 7 Key Trends.” We’re excited to see SDN in the spotlight. Marcia’s piece and the Infonetics study are both worth a read before you kick off your weekend.

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Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite news articles of the week. Enjoy!

Network World: How SDN will help earn money, not just save
By Ajay Malik
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is transforming the network and giving network operators unprecedented network programmability, automation, and control. Network administrators are exploring it as it can help them not just optimize total cost of ownership, but do more with fewer people. However, SDN is not just about simplifying the network or cost savings; SDN enables new revenue production opportunities. Here are three ways you can look at how SDN helps monetizing.

Virtualization Review: Cloud Adoption Survey Points to SDN Demand
By David Ramel
The latest membership survey from the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) shows increased use of software-defined networking (SDN) technologies with even more demand forecast for the near future. The ODCA coordinates open cloud computing development standards, providing usage models that include global requirements for datacenter and cloud solutions with detailed documentation about deploying technology based on those requirements. The usage model requirements can help organizations develop requests for proposals (RFPs) and specifications for new cloud implementations.

eWEEK: ONOS Project Unveils Second Release of Open SDN Platform
By Jeffrey Burt
The Blackbird release not only aims to ensure high availability and scalability, but also offers performance metrics. The ONOS Project, which rolled out the first release of its open-source software-defined network operating system in December 2014, is unveiling the second release with an eye toward enabling users to better measure their network environments. The latest release of the Open Network Operating System (ONOS)—dubbed Blackbird—includes a set of metrics for evaluating the capabilities of the software-defined networking (SDN) control plane platforms and controllers. In addition, the metrics enable users to then publicly publish the performance results of their Blackbird releases.

Datanami: Booming Big Data Market Headed for $60B
By George Leopold
The exploding big data market is expected to top $60 billion by the end of the decade, growing at an annual rate of 26 percent, according to a survey by the IT market tracker Wikibon. Wikibon pegged the current big data market in a survey released this week at more than $27 billion, up from $19.6 billion in 2013. The estimates include big data-related hardware, software and professional services, it said. In a sign the big data market is coming into its own, the annual rate of growth actually slow by a third to 40 percent in 2014. “This is to be expected in an emerging but quickly maturing market such as big data, and Wikibon does not believe this slightly slower growth rate indicates any structural market issues,” the researcher said in a summary of its market forecast and big data vendor revenue projections.

Network Computing: Yes, NFV Is Important For The Enterprise
By Ivan Pepelnjak
Network functions virtualization (NFV) is a concept that erupted just a year and a half after the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) started talking about software-defined networking (SDN). The initial proponents of NFV were major service providers that tried to get network services components that would allow them to build more agile networks at lower costs. They formed an Industry Specification Group within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which eventually created a number of documents, including the pretty complex NFV Architectural Framework. Looking at the context in which NFV started, the standardization organization where work takes place, and the complexity of the NFV standard documents, one is tempted to conclude that NFV applies primarily to large service provider environments and has nothing to do in a typical enterprise environment.

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Visionary solutions are built by visionary leaders. Plexxi co-founder and Vice President of Product Management Mat Mathews has spent 20 years in the networking industry observing, experimenting and ultimately honing his technology vision. The resulting product — a combination of traditional networking, software-defined networking and photonic switching — represents the best of Mat's career experiences. Prior to Plexxi, Mat held VP of Product Management roles at Arbor Networks and Crossbeam Systems. Mat began his career as a software engineer for Wellfleet Communications, building high speed Frame Relay Switches for the carrier market. Mat holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.