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Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market Research Report Information By Component (Hardware Component, Services and Software), By Application (Open SDN, SDN via API, and SDN via Overlay), By Solution (Physical Network Infrastructure Solution, Network Virtualization, and Automation Solution), By End-User (Retail, I.T. & Telecommunication, Healthcare, BFSI, Industrial, and Government) And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) โ€“Market Forecast Till 2032.


ID: MRFR/ICT/1076-CR | 124 Pages | Author: Aarti Dhapte| March 2023

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Market Overview


The Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market size is projected to grow from USD 9356.46 Million in 2024 to USD 23584.42 Million by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.80% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Additionally, the market size for Software Defined Networking (SDN) was valued at USD 8136.05 Million in 2023.


Software Defined Networking (SDN) requires the separation of the forwarding plane from the control plane in the network architecture, facilitating efficient data flow control and providing network administrators with a software-based approach to network management. These are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.


Figure1: Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market, 2018 - 2032 (USD Billion)


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market Overview1


Source Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Market Trends


Increasing prevalence of network automation and virtualization among consumers drives market growth


The rising adoption of consumer network automation and virtualization is a key factor accelerating the growth of market CAGR, a significant reduction in capital expenditure and operating expenditure, an increase in demand for cloud services, data center consolidation, and server virtualization, demand for enterprise mobility. Increasing to enhance productivity-based on-site services, increasing venture investments in the SDN market space, and increasing benefits offered by SDN are the major factors driving the software-defined networking (SDN) market. 


Furthermore, the growing adoption of IoT, rising demand for hybrid cloud, and growing open source SDN will create new opportunities for the Software Defined Networking (SDN) market over the forecast above. However, the lack of skilled workforce, growing complexity of SDN architecture, and growing lack of standards for comprehensive device control are the major factors restraining the market growth, while increasing difficulty in transitioning from traditional networks to SDN and growing concerns over SDN network reliability will be expected to The software-defined networking (SDN) market is further challenged during the above forecast period.


This Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market report provides details on the latest developments, trade regulations, import and export analysis, production analysis, value chain optimization, market share, the impact of domestic and local market players, analyzes aspects of emerging revenue streams Opportunities, changes in market regulations, strategic market growth analysis, market size, category market growth, application areas and dominance, product approvals, product launches, geographical expansion, technological innovations in the market. Our team will help you make informed market decisions for market growth. Thus, driving the Software Defined Networking (SDN) market revenue.


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market Segment Insights


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Component Insights


Based on components, the global Software Defined Networking (SDN) market segmentation includes hardware components, services and software. The software part consists of a control plane and a management plane. The controller plane in the SDN architecture operates the forwarding plane. It consists of pluggable modules that perform various network tasks, including collecting network statistics and monitoring devices. The controller provides a centralized interface for managing the entire network. Some of the features of ye controllers are OpenFlow support, network virtualization, network functions, scalability, performance, network programmability and reliability, network security, and centralized monitoring and visualization software. Defined network controllers are considered network devices of the brain.


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Application Insights


Based on application, the global Software Defined Networking (SDN) market segmentation includes Open SDN, SDN via API, and SDN via Overlay. The SDN via overlay category generated the most income. The SD Via Overlay segment will account for a larger market share during the forecast period. Overlaying a conceptually independent network or network element on top of current infrastructure is what SDN is all about. Overlays optimize network resources by dividing bandwidth into different channels and assigning each channel to a specific device or service. Overlay SDN enables enterprises to rebuild and update their physical networks as needed while maintaining the virtual infrastructure. Additionally, virtual networks allow for considerable latitude in network construction, upgrades, and deletions.


Figure 1 Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market, by Distribution channel, 2022 & 2030 (USD billion)


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market, by Distribution channel, 2022 & 2030Source Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Solution Insights


Based on the solution, the global Software Defined Networking (SDN) market data includes Physical Network Infrastructure Solutions, Network Virtualization, and Automation Solutions. As software-defined networking spreads across industries, networks of underlying network devices and orchestrators, physical network infrastructure is expected to benefit from industry growth by managing traffic control between network devices and applications. SDN controllers are also expected to witness significant growth over the next few years due to the development of southbound and northbound interfaces and associated orchestration and management layers. Keeping in mind the rapid pace of market development, SDN implementations for security purposes may also see the light of day at a very granular level in the coming years.


Software Defined Networking (SDN) End-User Insights


Based on end-user, the global Software Defined Networking (SDN) industry includes Retail, I.T. & Telecommunication, Healthcare, BFSI, Industrial, and Government. The BFSI department relies heavily on the network infrastructure to carry out its day-to-day work. Additionally, the BFSI industry is one of the fastest-paced, fastest-growing verticals that rely heavily on software-defined networking for some of its most critical and sensitive tasks. Banking networks must rapidly scale to accommodate new secure links between banks and ATMs, regardless of location, and provide the infrastructure for interbank networks. According to Eurocommercial Bank, 5,171 banks will operate in the EU27 by July 2022.


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Regional Insights


By Region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World. The North American weight loss market will dominate this market. Increasing internet penetration, a large population, and rapid technological development are expected to aid in the growth of the industry.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The U.S., Canada, German, France, the U.K., Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 2 Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market Share By Region 2022 (%)


WEIGHT LOSS MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022Source Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Europe's Software Defined Networking (SDN) market accounts for the second-largest market share. Widespread awareness of software-defined-everything technologies, IoT, smart technologies, and increasing adoption of private cloud computing services attests to the market size. Further, the German Software Defined Networking (SDN) market held the largest market share, and the U.K. Software Defined Networking (SDN) market was the fastest-growing market in the European Region.


The Asia-Pacific Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2030 as many cloud-ready industries are in the Asian subcontinent. Additionally, visibility, scalability, quality of service, and cost-effective security drive the adoption of software-defined networking. Moreover, China’s Software Defined Networking (SDN) market held the largest market share, and the Indian Software Defined Networking (SDN) market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development to expand their product lines, which will help the Software Defined Networking (SDN) market grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking various strategic activities to expand their global footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, the Software Defined Networking (SDN) industry must offer cost-effective items.


Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics manufacturers use in the global Software Defined Networking (SDN) industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. The Software Defined Networking (SDN) industry has offered some of the most significant medical advantages in recent years. Major Software Defined Networking (SDN) market players, including General Mills Inc., Amway, Conagra Brands Inc., Cargill Incorporated, Abbott Laboratories, Kraft Foods Group Inc., and others, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.


Cisco Systems, Inc., commonly known as Cisco, is an American multinational digital communications technology group headquartered in San Jose, California. Cisco develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, software, telecommunications equipment and other high-tech services and products. Cisco focuses on specific technology markets, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), domain security, video conferencing, and energy management, with leading products including Webex, OpenDNS, Jabber, Duo Security, and Jasper. 


Cisco is one of the largest technology companies in the world, ranking No. 74 on the Fortune 100, with revenues of more than $51 billion and nearly 80,000 employees. In January 2022, Cisco acquired Opsani, a privately held enterprise software startup. Through this acquisition, Cisco AppDynamics will be able to expand its engineering and product teams, improve the platform's ability to observe enterprise-grade cloud-native ecosystems, and accelerate the dissemination of performance and enhancements required by customers.


International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), nicknamed Big Blue, is an American multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, with operations in more than 175 countries. It focuses on computer hardware, middleware, and software and provides hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computing to nanotechnology. IBM is the world's largest industrial research institution, with 19 research institutions in more than a dozen countries, and has held the record for the most annual U.S. patents by an enterprise for 29 consecutive years from 1993 to 2021.


Key Companies in the Software Defined Networking (SDN) market include



Software Defined Networking (SDN) Industry Developments


On Mar.29, 2023, OpenSync, a leading provider of sophisticated & intelligent smart home devices and services, introduced Linux SDN to extend the reach to newer smart home devices. The expansion of SDN capabilities includes support for the Linux network stack. According to the company, OpenSync is the only Cloud-controlled open-source software defined networking (SDN) solution.


On Jul. 27, 2022, Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research & advisory firm, published a software defined solutions and services report - The 2022 ISG Provider Lens Network. As per the report, enterprises in Singapore and Malaysia are increasingly adopting software defined networking (SDN) to improve network integration, automation, and orchestration & management.


According to ISG, the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on supply chains, remote work, and customer experience requirements have intensified the demand for network agility. Resultantly, regional companies are adopting SDN to seamlessly add applications and network resources to efficiently & securely meet business and user goals. Further, ISG also states that it has found that the trend is expected to continue for several years.


On Mar.10, 2023, BICS, a leading global provider of international communications platforms, announced that it is using New SDN Controller by Nokia to strengthen its network. The new intelligence module can improve the overall performance of consumers' networks, automating optimal traffic routing and laying the groundwork for 5G network slicing. The new SDN controller manages capacity and flows routing across its global network.


On Feb.08, 2023, Nokia announced that it has expanded its suite of software defined networking (SDN) offerings for fixed access networks by launching its Altiplano Application Marketplace. It is a digital store that offers various applications that can be selected and deployed by fixed broadband operators to enrich their network capabilities. The Altiplano Application Marketplace will allow customers to customize their SDAN implementations to meet their network and market needs.


July 2022 Samsung Electronics announced that it is expanding its software-defined networking (SDN) solutions portfolio with new features designed to help mobile operators and enterprises manage networks more efficiently. With expanded capabilities, Samsung's new SDN solution will support businesses in various fields, including education, retail and energy.


March 2022 Vodafone and Nokia are collaborating to develop a software-defined network manager and controller (SDN-M&C) service for mobile network operators' multi-access fixed network technology.


Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Market Segmentation


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Component Outlook



  • Hardware Component

  • Services

  • Software


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Application Outlook



  • Open SDN

  • SDN via API

  • SDN via Overlay


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Solution Outlook



  • Physical Network Infrastructure Solution

  • Network Virtualization

  • Automation Solution


Software Defined Networking (SDN) End-User Outlook



  • Retail

  • IT & Telecommunication

  • Healthcare

  • BFSI

  • Industrial

  • Government


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Regional Outlook




  • North America



    • US

    • Canada




  • Europe



    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe




  • Asia-Pacific



    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific




  • Rest of the World




    • Middle East




    • Africa




    • Latin America





Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2023 USD 8136.05 Million
Market Size 2024 USD 9356.46 Million
Market Size 2032 USD 23584.42 Million
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 10.80% (2024-2032)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2024-2032
Historical Data 2019- 2021
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Component, Application, Solution, End-User, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S., Canada, German, France, the U.K., Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Intel Corporation, Pluribus Networks Inc. (U.S.), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company(U.S.), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Cisco Systems Inc. (U.S.), Juniper Networks Inc. (U.S.), NEC Corporation (Japan), Pica8 Inc. (U.S.), and IBM Corporation
Key Market Opportunities Growing adoption of IoT.
Key Market Dynamics Investment of CSPs in SDN technology to automate network infrastructure. Significant reduction in CAPEX and OPEX.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global Software Defined Networking (SDN) market size was valued at USD 8136.05 Million in 2023.

The global market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10.80% during the forecast period, 2024-2032.

North America had the largest share of the global market

The key players in the market are Intel Corporation, Pluribus Networks Inc. (U.S.), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company(U.S.), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Cisco Systems Inc. (U.S.), Juniper Networks Inc. (U.S.), NEC Corporation (Japan), Pica8 Inc. (U.S.), and IBM Corporation.

The software component dominated the market in 2023.

BFSI had the largest share of the global market.

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