Software Defined Networking
The Open Networking Foundation defines Software-Defined Networking as the physical separation of the network control plane from the forwarding plane, and where a control plane controls several devices.
By decoupling the network control and forwarding functions, SDN permits the network control to become directly programmable and the underlying infrastructure to be abstracted for applications and network services. The result is an architecture that is dynamic, manageable, cost-effective, and adaptable. This makes SDN an excellent approach to creating an infrastructure that is endlessly scalable and responsive enough to meet the demands of today’s of high-bandwidth applications.
Flexibility, availability and scalability are among the major benefits you can expect from an SDN implementation. These characteristics are precisely what’s required to meet the challenges your systems are facing right now:
- Applications that need to access geographically distributed databases and servers through public and private clouds
- BYOD deployments that require high levels of flexibility and security
- User expectations of seamless access to cloud-based applications, infrastructure, and other IT resources
- Big Data’s demand for instantly scalable processing and connectivity
The solution architects and systems engineers at Zones can help your network designers assess the impact of an SDN solution for your environment and – when you’re ready to deploy – help you engineer a vendor-neutral solution built on technology from the key players in the SDN space.
Drawing on technology from leading innovators like Cisco, Dell, HP, Brocade, and Avaya, Zones networking specialists can help you implement an SDN solution that maximizes the value of your existing network infrastructure, while enabling unprecedented levels of flexibility, scalability and availability.
To find out more about the specific benefits you can expect from an SDN implementation in your environment, call your Zones account executive who can connect you with Zones networking experts in your area.
Contact your Zones account executive or call 800.408.ZONES to learn more about the ways SDN can improve network speed, availability and scalability for your organization.