Q: What is software-defined networking?
A: Software-defined networking (SDN) is an approach to networking that centralizes control of the network by separating the control logic to off-device compute resources. This enables operators to use programmable control to orchestrate and automate network services without having to physically access the network’s hardware.
Q: What are the benefits of SDN?
A: SDN enables the network to become just as agile as compute and storage, which enables network operators to a) create and deliver new types of applications, services and business models; b) scale existing applications and services, and c) optimize existing applications, services, and infrastructure.
Q: What is SDxCentral?
A: SDxCentral is the most comprehensive independent source of SDN and network virtualization information. It is the central hub of a community devoted to sharing information, connecting people, and developing the next generation of networking.
SDxCentral offers the community the following resources to share latest industry developments and educate themselves about SDN:
- SDxCentral.com, the leading centralized source of SDN news and information;
- Mailing list, with weekly SDN updates
- RSS Feed, for timely news on SDN
- LinkedIn group
- Twitter feeds through handles @sdxcentral and @sdxtech that update followers on SDN developments and projects
- Facebook page
- Google+ page
Q: Why is interest in and demand for SDN growing now?
A: The rise of social media, mobile devices, and cloud computing are exhausting the capabilities of traditional IT approaches. This has driven innovation in compute and storage such as centralized command and control, virtualization, programmable interfaces, and orchestration between resources. Meanwhile, networks and network architecture have remained largely unchanged and manually operated.
As manual processes and scale of networking are overwhelmed by automation of compute and storage, many organizations are being forced to build separate networks for individual applications. The result: over-provisioning of compute, storage, and networking infrastructure at a very high capital and operational costs. SDN is a way for IT departments to achieve scale, flexibility and reliability without the massive capital outlay for physical networks.
Q: Where does SDxCentral get its content?
A: SDxCentral founders Matt Palmer and Roy Chua, veterans in the computer networking space, follow the industry closely to monitor developments and reach out to industry thought leaders and open source project leaders for their perspectives on the SDN space.
Content comes from a combination of these efforts and participants in the community who reach out to SDxCentral to offer their articles, white papers and other contributions. All information on SDxCentral comes from publicly available content.
Q: How can I contribute to and participate in the SDxCentral community?
A: SDxCentral offers multiple ways for the community to engage with us:
- Contributed Articles – We welcome guest bloggers who offer credible, thoughtful SDN-related content.
- Events listings – Add to our list of worldwide SDN-focused events.
- Company directory – Submit relevant SDN companies to our growing directory of 100+ SDN organizations.
- Products directory – Add to our list of shipping and announced products.
- Open Source directory – We maintain a comprehensive list of open-source projects and welcome new additions.
- Jobs posts – The only SDN-focused job board is looking for new listings.
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