The software defined networking (SDN) market is new, which is why analysts and the media have varying perspectives on the strategy. For the most part, experts believe SDN is no passing fad and will continue to influence the enterprise architecture in the coming years. At the same time, however, experts believe SDN is still relatively young and in a conceptual stage, meaning developing a project with strong return on investment figures may not yet be possible.
A recent InformationWeek highlighted how SDN promises to deliver similar benefits to cloud computing, including greater infrastructure flexibility, increased utilization of network capacity and reduced operating expenses. While these “promises” are still in theory, largely because SDN has not reached its full adoption yet, the strategies will likely change the status quo in the coming years.
“Today, security, routing and energy management are dictated by the box,” said Nick McKeown, an SDN visionary and Stanford professor, according to InformationWeek. “That’s why the infrastructure hasn’t changed for 40 years.”
While the infrastructure landscape has changed, thanks to the proliferation of virtualization and cloud technologies, networks have long been more traditional. Fortunately, this is changing, as 26 percent of companies are either testing SDN or will have completed its analysis within 12 months, while 4 percent are already finished with the examination phase and have put SDN in production, the news source reported.
SDN improves speed and flexibility
While there are a number of benefits associated with SDN, roughly 66 percent of businesses said the ability to speed up delivery and have a more efficient and flexible network was the top selling point, InformationWeek noted. This is largely because the way companies provision resources needs to change.