SDN transforms networks from complex and fragile structures to drivers of performance through smarter use of segmentation, automation and fabric-level visibility. It allows network IT pros to accelerate the delivery of projects and in turn new business revenues streams and enhance their own business-oriented skillsets and careers by focusing less on manually configuring hardware and more on critical thinking and strategic problem solving.
As SDN continues to see investment by vendors and end-users alike, and various trendsetters continue to champion the business value it provides, the noise surrounding the space and its potential benefits will only continue to grow. When considering any type of major capital investment, IT decision-makers would best be advised to do what they already do best when it comes to potentially engaging a solution provider and deploying a new technology – undertake research, demand reference requests and trust the gut.
As technologists, our interest is naturally drawn toward discussions of protocols and speeds, however, in today’s digital-centric environment, understanding the business value technology delivers is just as urgent. By moving past the above myths, when it comes to SDN, that process should become a little bit easier.
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