Trends Report

Is Software-Defined Networking Ready For The Enterprise? Part 1 Of 3

Understanding The Need For SDN And The Vendors Fulfilling It

March 5th, 2014
With contributors:
Doug Washburn , Christopher Voce , Heather Belanger


has there been so much hysteria; yet few understand software-defined networking (SDN) and its components. SDN fanatics theorize that enterprises will embrace this technology/solution because it will open the door for other teams outside networking to harness the network's power, allow the network to automatically flex and efficiently match services to the business' demand, or be an avenue for lowering capital expenditures by moving to white-box switches. Whatever the rationale for SDN, there seems to be one thing everyone agrees on: No one seems happy with their network. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals should use this report to understand emerging demands that only software-defined networking can fulfill, the relationship between virtual network infrastructure (VNI) and SDN, and, finally, the vendor landscape of SDN solutions.

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