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Riverbed Software Defined IT Survey

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Given the changing nature of enterprise networking, Riverbed decided to survey attendees of the recent VMworld conference about their companies’ current plans for these emerging technologies. Riverbed surveyed 260 attendees face-to-face, from a variety of roles and with a median company size of 2,300 employees.

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Riverbed Software Defined IT Survey

  1. 1. Software Defined IT Survey SDN and SD-WAN Important Areas for IT innovation By Joshua Dobies, Senior Director, Product Marketing
  2. 2. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 2  Survey was conducted at VMWorld 2015 in San Francisco  Live survey intercepts  260 responses Methodology
  3. 3. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 3  SDN adoption is gaining strong interest  Early days for extending SDN to the branch  SD-WAN is emerging as the next wave of network innovation Key Findings
  4. 4. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 4  77% involved with SDN  Top reasons? – Deploy new apps/services more quickly – Reduce costs – Reduce mistakes when deploying apps/services  Biggest SDN challenges? – Performance – Reliability – Lack of IT staff SDN experience SDN adoption is gaining strong interest
  5. 5. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 5  *45% of respondents plan to extend SDN to cloud or remote offices *201 answered [Are you deploying SDN outside the data center?]. 58% chose either Branch/remote offices or Cloud. That is 116 people. 116 people represent 45% of the total pool of 260 respondents. Early days for extending SDN to the branch
  6. 6. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 6  *29% involved with SD-WAN – Most are still just discussing – Only 10 of the 260 we spoke with are currently implementing SD-WAN SD-WAN is just emerging *117 out of 260 total respondents answered [What is your organization’s involvement with SD- WAN]. See slide #16 for total percentage breakdown from 117 people.
  7. 7. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 7 2,300 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 Median How many employees work at your organization worldwide? (Median) 2,300 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 Median How many employees work at your organization worldwide? (Median)
  8. 8. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 8 20% 17% 16% 13% 12% 8% 7% 4% 2% 1% 1% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% Systems administrator Other Datacenter/network architect Manager of Information Systems or Computer Systems Network engineer Director in a computing area Systems analyst Vice President or Senior Vice President in a computing area CTO CIO CISO What is your role?
  9. 9. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 9 33% 5% 5% 4% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% California Illinois Texas Wyoming Florida Georgia Massachusetts New Jersey Tennessee Arizona Connecticut New York Ohio Virginia Idaho Kentucky Michigan Missouri Nebraska North Carolina Pennsylvania Indiana Kansas Nevada New Hampshire In which state do you live?
  10. 10. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 10 12% 11% 38% 10% 17% 13% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% I am not familiar with that term We are not pursuing SDN and have no plans to do so We are discussing SDN We are in trials for SDN We are implementing SDN We have already implemented SDN What is your organization's involvement with software-defined networking (SDN)?
  11. 11. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 11 17% 18% 18% 18% 19% 18% 12% 12% 14% 14% 14% 27% 71% 69% 68% 68% 67% 54% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Increase the speed with which we deploy new data center applications or services Reduce costs Reduce mistakes made when deploying data center applications or services Reduce mistakes made when deploying cloud applications or services Increase the speed with which we deploy new cloud applications or services Reduce vendor lock-in How important are each of the following drivers in terms of why your organization is pursuing SDN? Extremely/somewhat unimportant Neither important nor unimportant Extremely/somewhat important
  12. 12. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 12 13% 16% 18% 17% 16% 15% 20% 23% 20% 18% 23% 25% 33% 31% 64% 64% 64% 60% 59% 52% 48% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Performance issues Reliability issues Lack of SDN expertise by our IT staff Cost Lack of visibility to troubleshoot performance issues Existing SDN solutions are not as mature as we would like Our existing infrastructure doesn't fully support SDN How impactful are the following challenges you face (or think you will face) with implementing SDN? Extremely/somewhat unimpactful Neither impactful nor unimpactful Extremely/somewhat impactful
  13. 13. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 13 30% 28% 27% 28% 28% 29% 29% 30% 30% 31% Branch and remote offices Cloud Are you deploying SDN outside the data center?
  14. 14. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 14 52% 42% 38% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Infrastructure Services (File, Print, AD, DNS, DHCP) Network Services (vRouter, vFirewall, vWAN optimization, etc.) Business Applications How are you extending virtualization to your branch offices? [Mark all that apply]
  15. 15. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 15 52% 27% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Infrastructure that uses separate boxes for servers and storage Hyper-converged infrastructure (servers and storage from a single vendor in a single box) What kind of infrastructure are you using for your branches?
  16. 16. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 16 22% 13% 42% 4% 9% 10% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% I am not familiar with that term We are not pursuing SD-WAN and have no plans to do so We are discussing SD-WAN We are in trials for SD-WAN We are implementing SD-WAN We have already implemented SD-WAN What is your organization’s involvement with software-defined wide- area-networking (SD-WAN)?
  17. 17. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 17  Slide 1: Software-Defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) is getting a lot of attention these days. But just how common is SD-WAN in the enterprise? To find out, Riverbed sponsored a survey of networking professionals at the 2015 VMWorld show in San Francisco …  Slide 2: We interviewed 260 networking professionals at VMWorld as they walked the show floor. We gathered 260 responses. Here is what we found …  Slide 3: We’ll dive into each of these findings in more detail in a minute, but at the highest level we found that SDN adoption is gaining strong interest in the data center, but it is early days for extending SDN out to the branch or remote offices. In addition, the survey indicated that SD-WAN is following just behind SDN and emerging as the next wave of network innovation in the market. Let’s look at these results in more detail …  Slide 4: First, we found that enterprises are beginning to move the needle in terms of SDN adoption, with most (77 percent) currently involved in some way with SDN adoption. Why? The top reasons cited include the ability to deploy new apps and services more quickly, reducing costs and reducing the mistakes made when deploying these new apps and services. That said, adopting SDN is not without its challenges. The most commonly cited were performance, reliability and the fact that most enterprise IT departments lack SDN experience. What about the branch and remote offices? Are enterprises extending SDN beyond the data center? Slide Notes: Narration for Key Findings
  18. 18. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 18  Slide 5: Some are, but most are not (yet). We found 30 percent are pushing SDN to branch and remote offices while 28 percent are pushing SDN to the cloud. This leads directly to our original question … just how common is SD-WAN within enterprises? We asked those currently going forward with SDN to tell us. *201 people answered [Are you deploying SDN outside the data center?]. 58% of those chose either Branch/remote offices or Cloud. That is 116 people. 116 people represent 45% of the total pool of 260 respondents.  Slide 6: Not very common, as it turns out. Less than a third (29 percent of all respondents surveyed) are currently involved with SD-WAN, with most of those still in the discussion stage. In fact, just 1 in 26 are currently implementing SD-WAN. It seems that SD-WAN is in very early stages. That said, there is sizable interest in this early-stage technology and Riverbed believes SD-WAN is following in the footsteps of SDN as the next big wave of network innovation in the enterprise. *117 out of 260 total respondents answered [What is your organization’s involvement with SD-WAN]. See slide #16 for the breakdown. Slide Notes: Narration for Key Findings
  19. 19. © 2015 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. 19  Slide 7: N=260  Slide 8: N=260  Slide 9: N=260  Slide 10: N=260  Slide 11: N=260  Slide 12: N=260  Slide 13: N=201  Slide 14: N=143  Slide 15: N=143  Slide 16: N=117 Slide Notes: Survey Graphs

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