Beyond the Planning Stage: An SDN Primer

WAYNE RASH | July 11, 2018

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Software-defined networking, infrastructure, and most everything in between is in your sights. It may have been the cost savings that convinced you or perhaps the need to have application-specific routing. Or perhaps you need to expand your network to handle new cloud services or even an expanded data center. But, for whatever reason, you want to make the next step in networking: software-defined networking. A move to a software-defined network (SDN), whether it's a local area network (LAN) inside the data center or a wide area network (WAN) that goes to the cloud and perhaps encompasses a number of cloud services in a hybrid architecture, doesn't need to be a trauma-inducing event. For one thing, you don't need to change your whole network all at the same time, and for another, setting up an SDN isn't necessarily all that hard. In fact, some vendors feature network management capabilities that are largely self-configuring.

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