A new survey from Juniper Networks links advances in software-defined networking to enabling digital business disruptions.
82% of ITDMs say they have deployed SDN. But only a third say their environment is predominantly based on SDN. And 85% report they are also already using NFV, with 36% saying NFVs are widely deployed.
ITDMs that have implemented SDN cited cloud interconnect (54%), virtual data center (49%), security automation (48%) and network visibility (45%) as the primary benefits.
Virtualization security and virtualization routing top the list, at 47% each, followed by network analytics (45%) and WAN optimization (44%).
On average, about two-thirds of ITDMs and BDMs have a positive view of network automation. Another third admit to being anxious about it.
For IT infrastructure upgrades, budget tops the list of obstacles for ITDMs (51%) and BDMs (48%). ITDMs also cite security and compliance (48%), followed by legacy network technologies (43%). In contrast, BDMs cite employee skill sets (43%) and security and compliance (40%) as the next major obstacles.
More than two-thirds of ITDMs and BDMs say legacy IT infrastructure will be an obstacle to product development.
Seven out of 10 ITDMs say the C-suite doesn’t consider the network to be critical to their companies’ success.
Nearly nine of out 10 ITDMs and BDMs said their organization would perform better if the leaders in the C-suite were more tech-savvy.
Only 22% of ITDMs and 30% of BDMs expect a technology, product or service disruption to occur in their industry within the coming year. But 33% of ITDMs and 21% of BDMs expect a disruption within one to two years.
46% of ITDMs and 50% of BDMs said it would take their organization more than a year to deliver a new product or service.
45% of ITDMs said that 25% or more of the IT organization will not have the critical skills required in five years, vs. 41% of BDMs that said the same.