Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
For an agile, automated, accessible network from data center to campus to cloud.
Software-defined networking (SDN) is an approach that allows administrators to manage network services through abstraction of lower-level functionality. Network control is directly programmable because it is decoupled from forwarding functions. With proper methodology, SDN can address today’s IT challenges by operationalizing the network to create a more flexible, programmable data center fabric that can rapidly respond to requirements for new services and changing network conditions.
Networks built on these principles provide an ideal foundation for users to build elastic clouds. Enterprises and service providers can evolve their infrastructure to private, public or hybrid cloud with support for multi-tenancy, self-service and operation orchestration and automation.
Why you should consider Software-Defined Networking
- Reduces operational costs: Programmability enables automation and orchestration, scaling operations to support more applications, and services at lower cost.
- Decreased provisioning time: Automation using open APIs reduces provisioning time from weeks to minutes.
- Improved user control and compliance: Allow end users more direct control of the infrastructure they use while still keeping them separated so they don’t accidentally compromise overall security.