Software Defined Networking (SDN) allows organizations to deliver networking with the same level of flexibility and agility as virtualization has allowed them to deliver other parts of their infrastructure.
Server virtualization and compute hypervisors grew hand-in-hand, and transformed the industry. We’re now at the cusp of another transformation given network virtualization – the network hypervisor – which promises to be just as impactful. It is not SDN per-se that allows enterprises to be flexible and agile – it is what makes up SDN and what is required to scale. The ‘SDN Fabric’ is really predicated on a network hypervisor. This also acts as a foundation on top of which the federation or convergence of appliances may occur.
Historically, one would pay for a bundle of 100 services and get less than half of the 10 – 15 services they needed. With SDN, the users have the ability to create the exact 15 services and applications they need and optimized these services to specific infrastructure and not have to wait on the vendor for new features for service enablement.
Finally, converged infrastructure for applications, compute resources and network to form a single logical or virtual switch providing layer-2 and layer-3 visibility, dramatically simplifying network management and programming of the network.
Questions to address
- Examine current networking architectures at a high level
- Discuss challenges to and stresses caused by those architectures
- Predict changes in networking architectures on both a micro and a macro level
- What is the business value of a network hypervisor and how can it help SDN to scale?
- What are the real-world benefits and business value of SDN-powered converged distributed infrastructure for the enterprise?
- Examine the business and technical benefits of single pane of glass management
- Why SDN-powered converged distributed infrastructure is critical to faster service deployment and increased performance and availability?
- CIOs and CTOs
- VPs of IT
- Technology and budgeting Decision Makers
- Network Architects