SDN First Steps

SDN First Steps


Available On Demand
Duration 60 Minutes
Andrew Conry-Murray
Network Computing
Andrew Conry-Murray
Andrew Conry-Murray is Editor of Network Computing. He’s been covering the technology industry since 2000, with an emphasis on network management, security, virtualization and content management. He also works closely with the Interop conference as a track chair and content advisor. He’s the author of the book The Symantec Guide to Home Internet Security.
Peter Christy
Research Director, Networks
451 Research
Peter Christy
Peter is the Research Director of 451 Research's Networking Practice. For more than 30 years, Peter has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of IT and networking technologies. He managed software and system technology for companies including HP, Sun, IBM, Digital Equipment Corp and Apple. Peter was founder and VP of Software at MasPar Computer, a midrange SIMD HPC provider. He was also the Founder and Principal Analyst of the Internet Research Group. In that role, Peter has been a recognized leading analyst in networking and SDN and has worked with countless vendors, service providers and end users in an advisory capacity. Networking is at a watershed point in its evolution. Improved connectivity is at the heart of the tectonic shifts in the industry, including the move to converged infrastructure and cloud computing. Software-defined networking represents a broad effort to better integrate with and automate networking, as well as a necessary reimplementation of the network as conventional software. Peter helps 451 Research clients understand how these trends impact them, and how they can best capitalize on them. Peter is a frequent speaker at leading industry events. He majored in Applied Math at Harvard College and did graduate work in EECS at UC Berkeley.

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.


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