As traditional networks struggle to keep pace with modern compute architectures, SDN offers compelling promise for solving many of the biggest networking headaches. But when it comes to developing an SDN strategy, the market is so young that everyone is still trying to understand who provides what – let alone how to plan for the future. We’re excited to share a new white paper from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) that aims to help you understand vendor strategies and directions so you can better plan for your organization.
“Market Landscape Report: The Emergence of Software-Defined Network Architectures” takes a look at what SDN products and services are currently available so you can better think about what, where and when to deploy, and which services to leverage. The ESG report is worth $1,000, but they are making it available to SDNCentral members for free.
To provide context for why SDN is important for enterprise, the report takes a quick look at trends including data center consolidation, server virtualization, new application architecture, and of course, cloud computing. The white paper also lays out the various components required to create SDN so you can better understand how SDN could actually work with your existing system.
The bulk of the report is dedicated to looking at existing vendor approaches to SDN, including what products they provide today. While most network vendors support SDN, they are taking different roads to the same destination. The white paper provides a snapshot in time of the SDN market, from which vendors provide physical network devices that support OpenFlow, to what types of interfaces different controllers leverage to connect to network devices.
We want to thank ESG for making this white paper available to our readers. To download it, just make sure you’re an SDNCentral.com member – signing up is simple and free. We encourage you to check it out to help figure out which solutions provide the best fit for your environment so you can improve your strategic plan.