Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an exciting evolution in IT. Today, connections throughout a network are made by directly connecting to routers to control them. This is a process that can be time-consuming and prone to error, depending upon the size of the network being managed. Furthermore, the effort involved in making changes across large networks can slow the pace of innovation within an organization.
SDN moves control to the application layer. This provides numerous benefits to IT:
- Unified point of automation and management
- Consistent deployment of policies throughout the network
- Improved operational efficiency
- Rapid deployment of new features like security and QoS
- Simplified network management overall
Many people think SDN is the future of data center networking. Cloud provider OneNeck, for example, is investing in developing the expertise to lead the market in transitioning its customers to SDN. In their blog, Leading the Market with Software Defined Networking (SDN), OneNeck describes how they are working with Cisco to bring SDN to market.
OneNeck’s SDN lab, for example, is a great example of how our partners add value to Cisco technology. SDN introduces a whole new management framework for networking. By working with real-world SDN applications in their lab, OneNeck is developing the skill sets and expertise required to enables its customers to evolve with confidence.