8 key SDN considerations

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.


AGO network frames HP’s SDN story
Time to pay attention to all that SDN hype: analyst
Networking leaders team to make SDN platform

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

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Featured Articles

Cybersecurity in 2024: Priorities and challenges for Canadian organizations 

By Derek Manky As predictions for 2024 point to the continued expansion...

Survey shows generative AI is a top priority for Canadian corporate leaders.

Leaders are devoting significant budget to generative AI for 2024 Canadian corporate...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now