Network Function Virtualization

SDN will have a huge impact on the role of a majority of networking professionals, especially networking engineers who haven’t dwelled much into newer technology. Even for virtualization-savvy pros, SDN will still present challenges because, in the processes of simplifying the interface, software-defined networking puts an additional layer on top of the already complex network.

SDN transition is a journey. It will take time, resource, and preparation before organizations introduce virtualization and automate it into data infrastructure. That said, the first step is to put the following benefits into context.

  • Augmented Automation

Automation empowers companies to create a more consistent and predictable environment that promotes scalability. This makes it possible to manage different traffic situation.

  • Centralized Networking Control

Centralized network management allows for efficient distribution of traffic. This eliminates chokepoints thus improving application performance. With a central console, an organization can manage infrastructure (storage, networks, and servers) more effectively.

  • Improved Security

Virtualization may complicate management, but it gives more powers to IT administrators to control the network. Having a centralized network control system creates a central point of monitoring to distribute policy and security information through the organization.

With the increasing relevance of SDN, more and more MSPs are getting into space. However, the main challenge for these companies is to transition from being a hardware company to a software firm. Obviously, the transition will not occur overnight. Whether these providers will choose to resell a set of service from a cloud service provider or build it from the ground up, the amount of hardware that will be needed will decline with time.

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