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Ending the Confusion About Software-Defined Networking: A Taxonomy

Published: 12 March 2013

ID: G00248592

Analyst(s): Mark Fabbi, Akshay K. Sharma, Joe Skorupa


This taxonomy cuts through confusion generated by the flood of vendor SDN announcements. It presents a framework that network and server virtualization architects can use to discuss how SDN can benefit their organizations by providing an architectural model to compare multiple vendors' approaches.

Table Of Contents


  • SDN Deployment Models
  • SDN Definition
  • Use Cases Exploiting SDN Capabilities

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