The software-defined networking market will surpass the US$900 Million mark by 2020 in Africa excluding North Africa, according to latest industry estimates.Spending by enterprises and cloud service providers is skyrocketing by the day as more and more business join software defined networking.A research manager for sub saharan Africa enterprise networking, told me last week that according to their research, they believe information and communications technology evolutions, such as storage and server virtualization, will also naturally lead to the need for networks to be virtualized and more efficiently controlled. In his own thinking, that will lead to software-defined networking becoming a game changer, providing key building blocks for delivering next-generation network infrastructure to enterprises and hybrid, private and public cloud services in the Sub Saharan Africa.
In countries like Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria, software-defined networking is a means to a desired goal, rather than an end or solution in its own.Software defined networking is an architectural model that will help better align network infrastructure with the needs of application workloads through the delivery of automated provisioning. In South Africa, programmatic network management as well as application-oriented, network-wide visibility and smooth integration with cloud orchestration platforms are part of the businesses strategies in Africa’s most developed country.In Nigeria, software-defined networking has emerged as a point for innovation and changes taking place in the networking sector as the industry combats myriad of challenges faced in their data-centre network, for both cloud service providers or businesses. Emergence of software defined networking is on the back of factors that are driving the need in Sub saharan Africa for networks that are more flexible, agile, automated, simple and seamless and South Africa and Nigeria are the leaders in this area.
The software defined networking market offers significant opportunities for software-defined networking in both cloud service provider rollouts and enterprise deployments in the sub-saharan Africa region.Though enterprises are mostly testing currently, evaluating the best-use cases and planning for their investments step by step, there is potential for the enterprise segment to boost the software-defined networking market over the next five years in the region. As start-ups in Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi among other cities continue to collaborate with other players in the ecosystem and bring in more innovative approaches to address end-customer challenges in their software-defined networking journey, enterprises in Sub Saharan Africa are already embracing software-defined networking which has led networking and IT vendors in the ecosystem perform critical roles in enlightening their customers on their software-defined networking migration strategies.