Organizations that experience dramatic workload demand spikes will benefit from software defined networking, but for other firms SDN might not be worth the trouble

Software and hardware vendors have been ramping up their software define networking offerings lately as SDN continues to create quite a buzz among enterprise organizations.

While SDN (an approach to building networks in which control governed by software application and separated from the hardware) is aggressively being promoted by network vendors, the concept might not work for every company’s IT shop.


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IT management software firm SolarWinds Inc. has come up with a checklist of eight things to be considered before grabbing a ride on the SDN bandwagon:

Check your industry – Software define networking works best for cloud providers and organizations where workload demands spike rapidly such as retail companies and financial services firms.

Healthcare and publishing organizations that have pretty uniform demands and not likely to require frequent changes in application workloads, will probably find little benefit from SDN, according to Sanjay, Castelino, vice-president of marketing for SolarWinds.

Network complexity – If your organization has to manage and configure numerous local area networks (LANs) or virtual local area networks, (VLANs), software defined networking could be for you.

Network size – Capacity planning is critical when considering SDN. If your organization deals with hundreds of internet protocol (IP) addresses, you could benefit from the automation provided by SDN. If your IT shop manages 50 or less IP addresses, SDN might not be worth the trouble, said Castelino.

Read up on more SDN considerations here

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