What Is Software-Defined Networking and How Can It Help Your Business?

BRIAN T. HOROWITZ | January 9, 2020

When Proliance Surgeons needed to keep pace with its growing infrastructure, the Seattle organization turned to software-defined networking (SDN). The physician-owned practice, which numbers 2,400 employees across 100 clinics and ambulatory surgery centers, wanted to avoid network outages while a patient is receiving care from a technician. With the help of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, the companywide network is now able to “run faster, with zero latency or hiccups,” says Proliance CIO Curt Kwak. It also allows Proliance’s IT staff to quickly and accurately identify any problems with an application in real time. Such efficiencies support a greater mission, William Khampradith, enterprise security architect for Proliance, tells HealthTech.

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Anuta Networks

Anuta Networks is a leading provider of multi-vendor network orchestration and assurance software for branch, campus, data center and service provider-managed enterprise networks. Anuta Networks orchestration and assurance platform (ATOM) enables customers to automate and accelerate network services. Anuta ATOM offers complete Lifecycle Service Orchestration and Assurance of physical, virtual, and hybrid networks thus allowing customers to leverage their investments in existing network infrastructure and transition them seamlessly to the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) / Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) environments. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Anuta Networks is a Gartner Cool Vendor and Best of VMworld award winner three times in a row.

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Anuta Networks

Anuta Networks is a leading provider of multi-vendor network orchestration and assurance software for branch, campus, data center and service provider-managed enterprise networks. Anuta Networks orchestration and assurance platform (ATOM) enables customers to automate and accelerate network services. Anuta ATOM offers complete Lifecycle Service Orchestration and Assurance of physical, virtual, and hybrid networks thus allowing customers to leverage their investments in existing network infrastructure and transition them seamlessly to the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) / Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) environments. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Anuta Networks is a Gartner Cool Vendor and Best of VMworld award winner three times in a row.

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