SDN & OpenFlow Mean Big Business for Test Vendors, Heavy Reading Finds

T&M suppliers are creating new SDN testing tools, driving revenues over the next five years, says Heavy Reading Insider

Nov 11, 2013

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The industry-wide push to software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow is leading test and measurement suppliers to develop robust tools for SDN testing, which will be critical to driving revenues over the next five years, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Insider (, a subscription research service from Heavy Reading (

SDN & OpenFlow Testing: Who's Doing What evaluates the current state of the SDN test and measurement market. It identifies and analyzes the vertical sectors that are the most lucrative for SDN test and measurement, and discusses drivers and challenges in the industry. It includes a review of SDN & OpenFlow product strategies of six leading T&M suppliers and details trends that will likely occur in the industry over the next 18-24 months.

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"If SDN and OpenFlow are to succeed, a key factor will be how well operators and vendors have tested the networks," says Denise Culver, research analyst with Heavy Reading Insider and author of the report. "More important than whether a vendor or operator has SDN will be how strenuously such networks are tested and measured to ensure real-world traffic demands. The amount of money that has been invested in SDN won't matter in the long term if the networks fail to surpass the standards already set by existing network buildouts."

Key findings of SDN & OpenFlow Testing: Who's Doing What include the following:

  • Telcos will drive the strongest uptake in the SDN market, which could be worth almost $4 billion over the next two years.
  • SDN networks will be used to address complex network behavior and performance testing in the next two years.
  • SDN is a strong driver in the OSS chain to ensure standardization in service profiling.
  • End-to-end testing of applications over SDN and OpenFlow environments will ensure adherence to SLAs.
  • Adoption of cloud infrastructure architectures will drive the need to test SDN networks.
  • Providing SDN-based network connectivity to support dynamic cloud bursting will create more need for SDN testing.

SDN & OpenFlow Testing: Who's Doing What is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (12 issues) to Heavy Reading Insider, priced at $1,995. Individual reports are available for $900 (single-user license).

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