The global data center and enterprise software-defined networking (SDN) market jumped 82% in 2015 from the prior year, reaching $1.4 billion, according to research and analysis firm IHS Inc. These figures include in-use for SDN Ethernet switches, SDN controllers, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) appliances and control and management.

“New SDN use cases continue to emerge, and 2015 was no exception with the establishment of the SD-WAN market,” said Cliff Grossner, senior research director for data center cloud and SDN at IHS. “While still a small market, many startups, traditional WAN optimization appliance vendors and traditional network vendors have jumped in, and we forecast SD-WAN revenue to hit $1.3 billion by 2020.”

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