Software-Defined Networking and the Enterprise

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Beyond SDN

For some organizations, SDN does not offer enough flexibility. In response, many are turning to NFV. Like SDN, NFV shifts network management from the hardware layer to the software layer, using virtualization technologies to manage core networking functions. But while SDN focuses on the separation of the network control layer from its forwarding layer, NFV focuses more on porting network functions to virtual environments.

Although the three technologies can exist independently of each other, there is much crossover between VLAN, SDN and NFV usage. NFV and SDN in particular are often used in a complementary fashion. Among respondents, 35 percent of SDN users have also deployed NFV, and another 30 percent are planning to deploy the technology within the next 24 months.

Moving past its infancy, software-defined networking (SDN) is becoming a significant player in the management of IT infrastructure and network design. While implementation can be a challenge, SDN is attractive to many businesses due to its potential for cost savings, improved network performance, increased productivity and improved security.

QuinStreet Enterprise surveyed IT decision makers to better understand how enterprises view these networking technologies, as well as their SDN deployment plans. In this slideshow, we've highlighted findings from the survey. To learn more, download the full report and watch a video roundtable discussing SDN in the enterprise.


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

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