Software-defined networking (SDN) is an approach to designing, building, and managing networks that separates the network’s control (brains) and forwarding (muscle) planes to better optimize each. The technology is explained in many SDN webinars.
Networking vendors utilize the SDN webinar format to explain their product positioning and roadmaps. In addition, technology vendors, user groups, or standards organizations like the Open Networking Foundation or OpenDaylight use the SDN webinar format to roll out new technology initiatives.
Many technology vendors, including large networking players as well as startups such as Alcatel-Lucent, Big Switch, Cisco Systems, Cumulus Networks, Nuage Networks, Pluribus Networks, Juniper Networks, and VMware promote a variety of competing architectures. The SDN approach has the advantage of being more open and interoperable than past networking architectures, which were usually built on proprietary hardware.
Some of the past SDN webinars on SDxCentral include:
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SDN Benefits & Use Cases
Many SDN webinars discuss the benefits of a more open architecture as well as potential cost savings, both from an capital outlay and operational perspective. The other technology benefits of SDN include flexibility, as the SDN architecture offers a programmable network that can dynamically provisions resources in response to service and business demands. SDN could change the way networks are built in the long term by providing a flexible way to control the network.
Some of the use cases created using SDN technology include bandwidth on demand, WAN optimization, and bandwidth calendaring. For cloud and data centers, network virtualization for multi-tenants is an important use case.
For more webinars on SDN and related topics, you can check back on the SDxCentral webinar page to learn about upcoming events.