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SDN Storming on the Scene

April 08, 2016

Marc Andreessen is famously quoted for the saying, “software is eating the world.” In 2011 this was not quite as bold as saying “the world is round”, as in the coming years the potential of a software-defined future developed definition. According to AFCOM’s “2015 State-of-the-Data Center Survey,” over 80 percent of respondents note having already or plan to deploy software –defined networking (SDN) or some form of network function virtualization (NFV) in 2016. With growing adoption levels comes better illustration of where the benefits of SDN are felt.

A topic of major interest today in business is security. With NFV or SDN solutions in place, the system is proactive in seeking out incidents and reducing risk. In addition, when an attack occurs there is an automatic response, and over time as attacks grow in complexity software can adapt to remain effective in protecting the network.

SDN provides unparalleled network visibility and intelligence. Traffic flow, hypervisor integration, port configurations, alerting and optimization can be built into monitoring and intelligence solutions. A crucial point of note, this type of deployment ensures network traffic from your cloud ecosystem to your data center is monitored as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Today’s network faces demand like no other time in history. With innovation in communications and the cloud, the networked is tasked with supporting more data than ever before.  SDN provides this by segmenting heavy traffic, strong QoS policies, securing confidential data and proper notification configuration.

 Since it is all about the APIs nowadays, it is important to discuss cloud integrations. One can leverage APIs to integrate with a cloud provider as well as control specific network functions. Network performance and workloads can be monitored on a granular level – thank you software.

NFV and SDN are transforming network infrastructure, there is no question about that. And as we enjoy a front row seat to this evolution the software-defined future can really sink in.

Edited by Peter Bernstein

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