The days of silo'd, independent networking is near an end - at least the desire for it is. Having companies move from a traditional 3 tiered data center, to 2, and now even some flat architectures reaches the desire for ease and quickness of response as well as automation.
Software Defined Networking,SDN, has become an umbrella term for this dynamic way in which switches route requests through the controller, using that to manage data behavior.
What it is and why you will use it? Well here's a great reference in Brandon Butler's take on "SD-WAN: What is it and why you’ll use it one day; An SDN for your branch office"
Ok, so now you ask, what are the real life instances of this improving our workloads? We are seeing this through:
- Provisioning and isolution of networks
- Wide area traffic management
- Storage systems that are more efficient
And when our team recently heard Doug Marschke, founder of SDN Essentials, speak at a tech session, he put his arms around the reason we may not be seeing it as much as anticipated:
Like many IT initiatives the desire for more consolidated platforms across the IT environment for ease of management, monitoring and reporting is being seen in the movement towards Software Defined Networking. However, the knowledge and structure of the "old" sometimes keeps us from moving towards the future.
As a solutions provider staying a step ahead of IT for our clients, iQSG has introduced strategic partner Talari networks into our OEM portfolio. Imperative to offering conversation, product and strategy around the ever changing IT industry, Talari networks and iQSG have teamed up to address concerns, like the above, and educate on this new strategic move many organizations are making.