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IoT and SDN Spark the Network Transformation Into a Universal Utility

Published: 06 March 2015

ID: G00271610

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman


Organizations use IT networks to serve applications that use data, voice and video technology and use separate networks to operate sensors and controls. The future convergence of these two into a single utility-like IoT network driven by SDN requires massive change in network architectures.

Table Of Contents


  • First Wave: IoT Brings Operational Technology (OT) Devices Out of the Shadows
    • More Devices Require More IP Addresses
    • Ready the IT Network for New Traffic
    • Headless Devices Require a Different Approach to Security
  • Second Wave: SDN Provides the Framework for a Role-Based IoT Infrastructure
    • Policy Management Creates Roles
    • Network Monitoring Drives Performance Assurance
    • IT's Role Changes and Expands
  • Third Wave: The Network as a Utility
    • Self-Monitoring SLAs Enforce Policy
    • Access Point Prices Impact Implementation Timing

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