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Totally Unscientific SDN and Cloud Survey Results

We did some question asking during SDN sessions

We did some question asking during SDN sessions at F5's Agility conference. Here's what we discovered about ... everything that's a buzzword

Before you get any further, let me reiterate - these are totally unscientific and the sample size is rather small as it was taken from two sessions at the conference focusing on SDN and application services. The good news is that the results pretty much mirror every other survey and research with respect to devops, cloud, and SDN.

One of my favorite questions is to determine whether cloud is being adopted because it makes sense or because it's a mandate from on high. As expected, the majority (62%) of respondents indicated the adoption of cloud in their organization was... a company mandate.

cloud-mandateSome interesting points I pulled out specifically around current data center initiative priorities:

  • 25% of respondents are migrating to a devops model of application deployment
  • 50% of respondents are incorporating SaaS offerings into solutions sold by the organization
  • 65% of respondents are focused on implementing a software defined data center (SDDC) using virtualized resources
  • Despite all the hype around mobile applications, only 20% of respondents have a mobile "first" strategy for  applications and infrastructure

When looking at responses with regard to private cloud deployments:

  • 24% say a full service deployment is in place
  • 17% of respondents have a pilot deployment in place
  • 19% of respondents are putting plans together with no solid timeline for deployment
  • Only 12% had no plans at all for private cloud
  • Of the popular private cloud platforms:
      • 86% indicated they were using VMware
      • 22% are adopting OpenStack
      • 11% have elected to use CloudStack

And of course the one you've been waiting for: SDN

  • A whopping 41% have no plans to deploy SDN
  • 36% of respondents are putting plans together but have no solid timeline for deployment
  • A somewhat surprising 10% of respondents have a pilot SDN deployment in place

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Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Her most recent area of focus included SOA-related products and architectures. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.

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