The Changing Face of Software Defined Networking: Addressing Actual Business Problems

By | May 3, 2014

Software defined networking (SDN) has evolved from the slick new technology only a network geek could love to a key pillar in new strategies designed to simplify and automate network configuration and service management. SDN controllers, the brains running these next-generation networks, were once synonymous with OpenFlow, the network control protocol used to manage centrally manage traffic. However, as SDN visions have grown beyond low-level data switching and routing, the role of controllers is expanding to include holistic management of security policies, application settings and physical and virtual network configuration. Although there’s still plenty of confusion born from SDN’s genesis as a university research project, the reality is that  SDN represents a foundational piece in building cloud infrastructure and what is commonly called the software-defined data center.

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