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Software-defined Networking Market to be Worth $73.5 Billion by 2031

Software-defined Networking Market by Offering, Model (API SDN, Overlay SDN, Open SDN), Application (Control Flow, Packet Forwarding, Security Flow Open Flow Switch), End User (Data Centers, Enterprises), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2031


Meticulous Research®—a leading global market research company, published a research report titled, Software-defined Networking Market by Offering, Model (API SDN, Overlay SDN, Open SDN), Application (Control Flow, Packet Forwarding, Security Flow Open Flow Switch), End User (Data Centers, Enterprises), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2031.

According to this latest publication from Meticulous Research®, the global software-defined networking market is projected to reach $73.5 billion by 2031, at a CAGR of 22.8% from 2024–2031. The growth of the software-defined networking market is driven by the proliferation of data centers, the increasing utilization of smart devices in industrial and infrastructure applications, and the growth in network infrastructure automation in Asia-Pacific. However, interoperability issues due to uneven SDN standards restrain the growth of this market.

Furthermore, the increasing deployment of 5G networks and enterprises’ growing preference for network slicing are expected to generate growth opportunities for the stakeholders in this market. However, the shortage of skilled networking professionals is a major challenge impacting the growth of the software-defined networking market.

The global software-defined networking market is segmented by offering (software and services), model (open SDN, API SDN, overlay SDN, and hybrid SDN), application (control flow, open flow switch, packet forwarding, security flow, data migration, and other applications), end user (data centers, enterprises, cloud service providers, telecommunication service providers, and other end users). The study also evaluates industry competitors and analyzes the market at the regional and country levels.

Based on offering, the global software-defined networking market is segmented into software and services. In 2024, the software segment is expected to account for the larger share of the global software-defined networking market. The large market share of this segment can be attributed to the benefits offered by SDN. SDN facilitates dynamic and centralized control of network resources, enabling administrators to adjust network behavior through software rather than manual configuration of individual devices. Additionally, SDN enables the automation of network provisioning, configuration, and management, resulting in faster service deployment, enhanced resource utilization, and reduced human errors.

However, the services segment is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the benefits provided by SDN services, particularly in enabling the scaling of network infrastructure to accommodate fluctuating workloads. Such scalability is crucial for businesses experiencing growth or variations in demand. Moreover, SDN centralizes network management, enabling administrators to define and enforce policies across the entire network efficiently.

Based on model, the global software-defined networking market is segmented into open SDN, API SDN, overlay SDN, and hybrid SDN. In 2024, the overlay SDN segment is expected to account for the largest share of the global software-defined networking market. Overlay SDN enables the creation of virtual networks over existing physical infrastructure, offering flexibility in network design and deployment. This capability enables swift adjustments to evolving business needs. Moreover, overlay SDN facilitates the creation of isolated virtual networks, which is essential for supporting multiple tenants or applications with different requirements on a shared physical infrastructure. These benefits contribute to the large market share of this segment.

However, the hybrid SDN segment is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Hybrid SDN provides a balance between the centralized control and programmability of SDN and the distributed nature of traditional networking. This flexibility is essential for organizations that need to support a variety of workloads, applications, and network architectures. These benefits are expected to increase the adoption of hybrid SDN and drive the growth of this segment during the forecast period.

Based on application, the global software-defined networking market is segmented into control flow, open flow switch, packet forwarding, security flow, data migration, and other applications. In 2024, the control flow segment is expected to account for the largest share of the global software-defined networking market. SDN enhances network resource utilization and cost efficiency in control flow applications. SDN facilitates the implementation of more granular security policies, thereby bolstering overall network security. These advantages significantly contribute to the large market share of this segment.

However, the security flow segment is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. SDN enables the rapid deployment of security policies and updates. Additionally, SDN enables the automation of security responses, leading to reduced time and effort needed to mitigate threats. These advantages are expected to drive the growth of this segment during the forecast period.

Based on end user, the global software-defined networking market is segmented into data centers, enterprises, cloud service providers, telecommunication service providers, and other end users. In 2024, the enterprises segment is expected to account for the largest share of the global software-defined networking market. SDN plays a pivotal role in automating network management tasks, thereby reducing the need for manual configuration efforts. Moreover, SDN simplifies the process of scaling network infrastructure to meet evolving business requirements. These advantages contribute to the segment's large market share.

However, the telecommunication service providers segment is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth of this segment can be attributed to the benefits provided by SDN, which offers a new level of flexibility, agility, and efficiency. These advantages enable telecommunication service providers to effectively address the constantly increasing demands of their customers.

Based on geography, the software-defined networking market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. In 2024, North America is expected to account for the largest share of the global software-defined networking market. North America's significant market share can be attributed to factors such as the presence of a larger and well-established sales force specializing in network automation solutions, the increasing initiatives by service providers to implement network automation and the growing demand for data center and IT infrastructure automation.

However, the Asia-Pacific region is projected to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth of this regional market is attributed to the increasing deployment of SDN by enterprises in the region, the rising demand for a broad range of value-added network services, the need for more agile and flexible networks, and the growing demand for network automation.

Key Players

The key players operating in the global software-defined networking market are Cisco Systems, Inc. (U.S.), Broadcom Inc. (U.S.), Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (China), Juniper Networks, Inc. (U.S.), Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Sweden), Ciena Corporation (U.S.), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (U.S.), Nokia Corporation (Finland), Oracle Corporation (U.S.), NEC Corporation (Japan), Dell Technologies Inc. (U.S.), IBM Corporation (U.S.), Pica8 Software Inc. (U.S.), Riverbed Technology LLC (U.S.), and flexiWAN Ltd. (Israel).

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Key Questions Answered in the Report:

  • What are the high-growth market segments in terms of the offering, model, application, and end user?
  • What is the historical market size for the global software-defined networking market?
  • What are the market forecasts and estimates for 2024–2031?
  • What are the major drivers, restraints, opportunities, challenges, and trends in the global software-defined networking market?
  • Who are the major players in the global software-defined networking market, and what are their market shares?
  • What is the competitive landscape like?
  • What are the recent developments in the global software-defined networking market?
  • What are the different strategies adopted by major market players?
  • What are the trends and high-growth countries?
  • Who are the local emerging players in the global software-defined networking market, and how do they compete with other players?

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