Gartner Research

Mainstream Organizations Should Prepare for SDN Now

Published: 18 March 2014

ID: G00262588

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Ronni Rosenstein


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



  • 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

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