Gartner Research

Mainstream Organizations Should Prepare for SDN Now

Published: 18 March 2014

ID: G00262588

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Ronni Rosenstein

Summary

Mainstream organizations must now strategize for the networking paradigm shift represented by software-defined networking (SDN). This research identifies a pragmatic road map for I&O leaders to leverage the benefits associated with SDN.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Identify Key Drivers That SDN Can Address Within an Organization
    • Agility in Provisioning Workloads
    • Management and Visibility
    • Reduced Expenditure
    • Additional Benefits
  • Deploy SDN Opportunistically Versus as an Infrastructure "Upgrade"
  • Enable Cross-Functional Collaboration and Investigate DevOps Methodologies
    • Cross-Functional Collaboration Is Required
    • DevOps Methodologies Can Accelerate SDN
  • Allocate Resources to Investigate SDN
    • Mainstream Solutions Are Emerging
    • "Get Smart" on the Technology
  • Establish a "Line in the Sand" to Ensure That New Networking Investments Include SDN Capability

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2019 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.