Oct 1, 2012
There has been lots of talk about how software-defined networking (SDN) will change the face of networking, including reasons for adoption and the unique opportunity made available for the channel to expand its business and improve customer retention.
In light of those discussions, I’ve pulled together a list of six benefits for adopting software-defined networking. In a future post, I’ll look at reasons why one would not adopt SDN.
1.Operational Savings: SDNs lower operating expenses. Network services can be packaged for application owners, freeing up the networking team.
2. Flexibility: SDNs create flexibility in how the network can be used and operated. Resellers can write their own network services using standard development tools.
3. Improved Uptime: By eliminating manual intervention, SDNs enable resellers to reduce configuration and deployment errors that can impact the network.
4. Better Management: Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can use a single viewpoint and toolset to manage virtual networking, computing and storage resources.
5. Planning: Better visibility into network, computing, and storage resources means resellers can also plan IT strategies more effectively for their customers.
6. Infrastructure Savings: Separating route/switching intelligence from packet forwarding reduces hardware prices as routers and switches must compete on price-performance features.