The results of recent research by Tech Pro Research indicate that software-defined networking (SDN) is becoming a lot more popular. Respondents were more familiar with the concept this time than when the same poll ran in 2013. SDN implementation also jumped substantially, with 32% of respondents saying their companies plan to use it. That’s way up from 6% in the last survey. Flexibility was a top driver for companies who went the SDN route. Positive outcomes after implementation included faster production time for new business solutions and improved network performance.

There’s still a fair amount of naysaying when it comes to SDN, though. Respondents who said their companies had no plans to consider SDN reported that they saw no apparent reason for doing so, and that there is still too little information about the benefits.

This infographic contains other important points from the research. To read more findings about software-defined networking, download the report from Tech Pro Research. SDN and the data center: Deployment plans, business drivers, and preferred vendors. (Membership required.)

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