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 Trigger Power Shifts In IT

"In a highly interdependent and orchestrated IT environment, decisions that used to be made in isolation will now need to be considered more broadly," said Michael Bushong, vice president of marketing for Plexxi. "This changes the decision-making process, which impacts the budgeting process and ultimately the organizational boundaries."

"Applications at layer 7 can interact and automate all the way down to layer 2, completely redefining the mindset of network engineering," said Tim ("TK") Keanini, CTO for Lancope. "Keep in mind that it is also a potential transfer of power; networking with SDN moves the traffic engineering out of the hands of network engineering and in to the hands of application developers."


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