Effective Delivery of Network Services through Software Defined Networking
As organizations evolve from static IT environments into highly dynamic, multi-cloud IT the ultimate question is, how will your network adapt to meet these needs? Can your systems move seamlessly among data centers while maintaining connectivity and security? Can your enterprise network dynamically reconfigure in response to failures? Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is the key technology behind this IT agility.
An even bigger driver of SDN adoption is security. The firewall at the edge of your network is not enough to protect your reputation and corporate assets from advanced security threats. SDN enables micro-segmentation of the network along with granular security controls to eliminate and contain threats before they compromise the entire enterprise.
SDN allows companies to create policies for their applications and let those policies follow the application wherever it goes. The programmable network is controlled by software in place of the error-prone manual configuration we used to do. SDN decouples the operating system that makes decisions about where network traffic is sent from the underlying hardware that forwards traffic to its destinations. The result is:
- A network that can deliver new applications and services in minutes, rather than the days or weeks required in the past.
- Micro-segmentation and advanced security controls to protect your reputation and against financial loss.
- Elimination of the biggest cause of network outages – human error.
- Lower operating cost with labor-intensive tasks replaced by automation.
- Physical and virtual networking management from a centralized tool, reducing the time it takes to implement network changes.
- Reduced downtime with virtualized networking devices that can be recovered in far less time than traditional networking.
- Extensibility that comes from a software-based solution, which integrates with SDN APIs, further extending SDN’s capabilities.
At OneNeck®, we know SDN brings tremendous benefit to many organizations. We also understand, however, that not everyone is in the same stage of readiness to adopt it. We can help you plan and prepare your network to be SDN-ready, or if you’re ready to make that transition now and consider SDN solutions such as Cisco's ACI or VMware's NSX, we can help you with that.