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Why Should Businesses Adopt Software-Defined Networking?

Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, May 27, 2021

Summary:Software-defined networking can lower overall operating costs and result in administrative savings because many of the routine network management problems can be streamlined and automated.

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Software Defined Networking (SDN) holds the greater promise of centralizing and simplifying enterprise network management.One of the main benefits of SDN is that it provides a platform for data-intensive applications such as big data and virtualization. Big data drives virtualization adoption, and SDN offers the tools to handle virtual machines and big data network traffic.

Here are a few of the unique benefits of SDN:

Centralized Network Provisioning

Software-defined networks offer a consolidated view of the entire network, making business management and provisioning far simpler. More VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) are being integrated into physical LANs, resulting in a Gordian knot of ties and dependencies. SDN can expedite service delivery and provide more mobility in providing virtual and physical network equipment from a central location by abstracting the control and data planes.

Holistic Enterprise Management

To meet new processing demands, such as those for big data, enterprise networks must set up new software and virtual machines on demand. IT managers can play with network configuration without affecting the network with SDN. SDN also allows for the management of both physical and virtual switches and network devices from a single point of control, which is not possible with SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). SDN creates a centralized management console for physical and virtual devices using a single set of APIs.

Lower Operating Costs

Administrative performance, increased server usage, improved virtualization control, and other advantages can result in cost savings. SDN can lower overall operating costs and result in administrative savings because many of the routine network management problems can be streamlined and automated. While it is still early to show real evidence of savings, SDN can lower overall operating costs and result in administrative savings.

Cloud Abstraction

Cloud computing is not going anywhere, and it is evolving into a more integrated infrastructure. It is easier to unify cloud resources by abstracting cloud resources using SDN. The SDN controller can handle all of the networking elements that make up large data center networks.

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