The report recommends five key steps in preparation for software defined networking (SDN) and identifies a pragmatic roadmap for IT infrastructure and operations leaders to leverage the benefits associated with SDN.
The Allied Telesis newsletter features the Gartner Research report, Mainstream Organizations Should Prepare for SDN Now, published 18th March 2014. The report says that, ‘IT leaders should deploy SDN opportunistically in accordance with specific initiatives or to meet specific use cases, versus deploying as an infrastructure.’ The report also states, ‘Network designers should establish a “line in the sand” to ensure that new networking investments include SDN capability’.
Graham Walker, senior product manager, Allied Telesis Labs in New Zealand, said, ‘The Allied Telesis vision for SDN, unveiled in our earlier white paper, is today totally realistic and achievable. We have AMF installations in enterprises across the world and, with our range of OpenFlow compliant hybrid SDN switches coming to market very soon, we will be able to guide and support our customers to implement an advanced SDN network that will solve any complex business challenges — whilst taking advantage of AMF management simplicity to save on operating costs.’