What is SDN?

For decades, network engineers have relied on sophisticated and specialized hardware to enable the fastest and most reliable connectivity possible to meet enterprise computing requirements. Now, in part thanks to maturing strategies for virtualization and cloud computing, a new approach to enterprise networking is emerging—Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

This approach makes it possible to de-couple network services, such as Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), firewall actions, application inspection, encryption, load balancing, and others, from a number of network devices. SDN also will allow network administrators to centralize the management of the systems they support, thereby reducing capital investment and introducing greater flexibility.

Sound too good to be true?

Sound like a technology shift that may radically change the networking landscape?

Both right, however, SDN is just coming into its own. While it eventually may have a significant impact on networking, for now Federal agencies need to maintain the extensive installed networks in use today. It is expected that Federal IT professionals will gradually transition to SDN, as it has the potential to reduce requirements for proprietary, hardware-dependent services and would allow agencies to take advantage of virtual capabilities that enable more simplified, cost-efficient operations.

Watch this virtual presentation to learn:

  • What is Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and why this developing networking strategy may forever change today’s IT architectures
  • Which technologies have converged to enable this new and emerging approach to enterprise networking
  • Specific benefits of SDN and how they can and will apply to agency infrastructures
  • How SDN is expected to simplify network management and improve information security
  • Why eventual network updating is necessary meet demands of expanding mobile users, applications, and collaboration tools
  • Agency migration strategies toward SDN and how to prepare for future network transition

Gain an understanding of the fundamentals—what is expected from SDN, how it works, why it’s different, and how it will impact agency networking in the next 2-5 years.

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