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Software-Defined Networks Support Future-Proof Connectivity

October 16, 2018 / Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations are broadening their healthcare networks to reach out beyond the confines of the facility. In order to do this successfully there needs to be more visibility and control over the network, and many organizations are turning to software-defined networking gain more control. SDN uses virtualization to remove the intelligent management software from network hardware. By doing so, SDN creates a centralized, more intelligent, and easier managed network architecture. The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) describes SDN as the “physical separation of the network control plane from the forwarding plane, and where a control plane controls several devices.” SDN allows network administrators to manage the network through abstraction which gives apps and programs a simplified platform to operate on. ONF breaks down SDN architecture as: