Video Roundtable: SDN in the Enterprise

Kachina Shaw

Software-defined networking (SDN) is altering how IT perceives its role and redefining the entire IT infrastructure. To find out how enterprises view these networking technologies as well as their SDN deployment plans, QuinStreet Enterprise recently surveyed IT decision makers. The results show that nearly half are using or planning to deploy SDN architectures within the next two or three years, and another 25 percent are considering adopting the technology.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • The top perceived benefits of SDN are cost savings, improved network performance, increased productivity and improved security. Cost savings, integration and security are also considered the top three challenges in implementing SDN.
  • SDN is deployed with a combination of cloud, virtual switches and bare metal. For organizations that opt for the cloud, the No. 1 driver is the ability to easily update networking appliances.
  • Open source, particularly OpenStack, is considered extremely or very important by half of companies deploying or considering SDN.
  • Enterprises are most likely to purchase SDN solutions from the large networking suppliers, while midsize companies lean more heavily on the channel and niche solution suppliers.

On Thursday, February 4, IT Business Edge’s Arthur Cole, along with several other Quinstreet Enterprise editors, will discuss the survey results and what they might mean for IT decision makers.

The video webcast will stream live on this page, Thursday, February 4, 1:30 PM PST.

Jude Chao, Managing Editor, Enterprise Networking Planet

Sean Michael Kerner, Senior Editor, InternetNews
Arthur Cole, SDN specialist/tech journalist, IT Business Edge

Jeffrey Burt, Senior Editor, eWeek


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