Embracing the Software-Defined Future: Looking Ahead at 2015

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Networking as Software

The network software revolution continues, with even the network stalwarts releasing software versions of their legacy products. Companies on the leading edge are shipping more than 75 percent of their products as software, offering a barometer of where the broader market is likely to go in the next couple of years. IT networking engineers are waking up and and realizing that virtualization is changing everything. Many IT engineers are moving aggressively to adopt software-based networking solutions and reaping the benefits of flexibility and cost efficiency. 

In 2014, we saw the enterprise continue its technology transformation from hardware use to software adoption with the proliferation of the cloud. We saw the concept of the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) emerge and join the ranks of other software-defined technology such as the software-defined network (SDN), the software-defined data center (SDDC) and software-defined storage (SDS).

In 2015, we can expect to see more IT teams embrace the software-defined model, which will allow their organizations to conduct business more efficiently, scale and have greater control of their network. For instance, the software-defined data center is changing the way people are approaching how they manage their network and SaaS applications. It is no longer about just optimizing the WAN, but also about simplifying path conditioning and path security.

With software-defined WANs, IT teams will be able to correct the Internet’s latency and loss problems, giving enterprises a better, more consistent connection. For the first time, they can gain insight into all traffic traversing the network – no matter its final destination.

Silver Peak has outlined five predictions for what we can expect to see in our software-defined future.


Related Topics : Blade Servers, Business Integration, Ethernet, LAN, Network Protocols

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