Software Defined Networking

Software-defined networking (SDN) is an approach to networking in which control is decoupled from hardware and given to a software application called a controller.

The goal of SDN is to allow network engineers and administrators respond quickly to changing business requirements. In a software-defined network, a network administrator can shape traffic from a centralized control console without having to touch individual switches. The administrator can change any network switch's rules when necessary -prioritizing, de-prioritizing or even blocking specific types of packets with a very granular level of control.

SDN promises the ability to support a switching fabric across multi-vendor hardware and application-specific integrated circuits in an 'open' network enviornment.

Unfortuntely, while most networking vendors are getting on the “open networking” bandwagon, many appear to be approaching it defensively with a foot in both the proprietary and open camps. They see open networking as a hedge against a market that is pushing towards more openness, while they hope to keep selling proprietary products. The continuum of offerings being pitched as “open” networking spans from vaguely open to fully open. And while most customers are still in the investigative phase of open networking, the disparity of offerings is confusing and in some cases lack-luster.

NETconnection Systems have key partner alliances with the vendors that drive standards with the SDN space, ensuring that we can consult and advise upon the best approach for your environment resulting in a network strategy that is truly open.