This all leads to software-defined networking, where the network is designed and deployed in software. This leads to rapid changes with potentially fewer configuration errors and faster recovery times from errors. More importantly, all of your software can signal the network of the parameters it requires, and the controller can set forwarding policies based on business need versus technical need. Lastly, your network engineers can spend more time on engineering and less time tapping a CLI.
Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio