10 Ways Software-Defined Networking Will Change IT

, September 30, 2013 When networking professionals converge upon New York for Interop this week, software-defined networking (SDN) stands to establish itself as a major theme throughout session talks and informal conversations. As the industry watches the results of early adopter case studies and hears pundits advocate for this new means of controlling the network fabric, consensus is building for the potential that SDN could be an IT game-changer. Here's how, in the words of experts from around the industry.
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SDN Will Change The Nature Of IT SLAs

"There's been lots of talk about the potential for software-defined networking to result in operational flexibility and cost savings, but there is another unsung benefit of SDN -- the ability to optimize next-generation IT service-level agreements (SLAs)," said Brandon Hoff, director of product management at Emulex.

SLA monitoring through SDN could make it much easier for IT to detect network- and application-level performance bottlenecks before users detect these problems, said Amir Peles, vice president of technology for Radware.

"The SDN then allows the immediate provisioning of resources around cloud locations and the transparent network diversion of transactions to these locations to guarantee the best user experience," Peles said. "Eventually, SDN provides for better monetization of the network to support SLA."

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