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Ask Your SDN Vendor Seven Key Questions Before You Buy

Published: 03 October 2014

ID: G00269435

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa


Choosing the wrong software-defined networking vendor can lead to missed opportunities, high costs, complexities and lock-in. Network architects and infrastructure and operations VPs must get answers to these questions before they buy to ensure SDN deployments deliver the desired business benefits.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • What Customer References of a Similar Size and Complexity Can You Provide?
    • What You Need to Find Out
  • What Standards Do You Support?
    • What You Need to Find Out
  • Is Your Ecosystem a "Walled Garden" or an "Open World"?
    • What You Need to Find Out
  • What SDN Deployment Modes Do You Support?
    • What You Need to Find Out
  • What Is Your Security Model for SDN?
    • What You Need to Find Out
  • How Do You Integrate With Data Center Orchestration Systems for Zero Touch Operation?
    • What You Need to Find Out
    • How Do I Get From This Imperfect Now to This Perfect Future State?
    • What You Need to Find Out

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