SDN First Steps
This Network Computing webinar will help attendees decide which, if any, SDN approach is the best fit for their organizations and explain first steps for testing and deployment.
Software defined networking encompasses several emerging technologies that bring programmable interfaces to data center networks and promise to make networks more observable and automated, as well as better suited to the specific needs of large virtualized data centers. The goal is to help move networks into the modern world of automated and autonomic computing.
Three general approaches to SDN are emerging: one uses new architectures such OpenFlow to program switches and a centralized controller that maintains the overall network topology and state, at the extreme a radical new way to implement networks and in other cases as a pragmatic means of dealing with specific exceptions. The second creates a network overlay using tunnels between virtual switches inside hypervisors, which minimizes changes and upgrades to the physical network. The third approach pragmatically adapts existing network devices rather than building new networks. Each approach has its pros and cons.
This webinar will help attendees understand the overall concept of SDN and its benefits, describe the different conceptual approaches to SDN, and examine the various technologies, both proprietary and open source, that are emerging. It will also help users decide whether SDN makes sense in their environment, and outline the first steps IT can take for testing SDN technologies.