Global traffic of SDN/NFV within data centers 2015-2021

This statistic provides a forecast of software-defined network (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) traffic within data centers worldwide, from 2015 to 2021. By the end of 2018, 3.1 zettabytes worth of traffic within data centers will stem from SDN and NFV functions.

Amount of traffic from software-defined networks (SDNs) and network function virtualization (NFV) in data centers worldwide, from 2015 to 2021

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Release date

February 2018



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Supplementary notes

* Forecast.

Software-defined networks separate the control and forwarding of data center traffic, while network function virtualization virtualizes a variety of network elements.

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