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New Year's Resolutions for SDN Success

Software-defined networking is still in the early stages. If you're considering deployment, follow these five recommendations to ensure your company is one of the success stories.
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IT organizations are constantly facing pressure to increase efficiency and agility in their data centers in order to meet enterprise demands. While SDN promises faster provisioning times, improved visibility, and greater network flexibility, it has yet to really take off. Few businesses that implemented an SDN architecture in 2015 reported successful deployments that lowered costs and increased productivity. Instead, most enterprises felt the sting of complex deployments and scaling issues they weren't prepared to handle due to under-skilled IT staff.

It's no doubt that 2015 was the year of learning curves for SDN. However, with a brand new year coming up, we believe 2016 will be the year enterprises begin to fully realize the benefits of SDN as we learn from early deployment mistakes.

As cloud becomes more commonplace and the Internet of Things knocks on the door, enterprises will need to adapt to meet growing demands. There's still work to be done before businesses can turn to SDN as a main method for driving overall results, and next year will no doubt be a year of critical progress. The five recommendations outlined here will help ensure your SDN deployment tops the list of successes for in 2016. 

(Image: Frank Peters/iStockphoto)

 

Steve Shah is Vice President of Product Management in the NetScaler Product Group, where he drives product direction and go-to-market strategy. Before returning to Citrix, he was Principal of RisingEdge Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that specialized in strategic ... View Full Bio

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1/8/2016 | 9:25:02 PM
Re: "Don't jump the gun...".

@PMITCHELLNA      Excellent approach.  How is SDN going to help me and my business ?   

Something the hype makers would have you rather not think too much about.

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1/6/2016 | 9:17:28 AM
Re: Pending Review
good information
davidmak
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davidmak,
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1/6/2016 | 3:23:31 AM
Re: "Don't jump the gun...".
nice information
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1/5/2016 | 6:49:40 AM
Re: "Don't jump the gun...".
great one
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1/5/2016 | 6:44:26 AM
"Don't jump the gun...".
This is probably the best piece of advice in this article.  I've been asking for quite sometime now, "how is SDN going to help me and my business"?  I'm yet to see a use case for SDN that cannot be achieved via orchastration tools already available. Like the article said.  Each organisation has to evaluate SDN to see if it can help it's business and not give into the hype.

The point about staff skills is also worthy of note.
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12/31/2015 | 1:14:48 AM
Re: SDN: Time To Deployment
One of the biggest hurdle in SDN deployment is skilled manpower, companies are little worried about after deployment/ integration consequences. Current employed manpower is not very compatible to SDN and upgrading them needs good training and lab practice, even that is limited.
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12/30/2015 | 1:54:14 PM
SDN: Time To Deployment

Maybe this is the reason SDN is facing such a tough road to adoption.  Deployment could potentially take years and with turnover the way it is - it could potentially take longer than that.

 

Add politics to it and it might never get achieved.

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12/30/2015 | 1:49:20 PM
SDN: What Comes First ? Skills or The Cart ?

"...Don't overestimate the skills of your staff "

 

This is really great advice.   I think this is one of the chief reasons SDN is not gaining faster adoption, most simply do not have the skill set to push this type of undertaking.

 

With the realities of the workplace, I don't see this changing anytime soon.

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