SDN: Let’s Cut The Hype,
What is the Reality?

Thursday November 1st, 2012
11:00am ET/ 8:00 AM PT

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow have both received enormous attention and unfortunately are surrounded by much confusion. To understand SDN, we must take a step back and ask the question, what is SDN trying to achieve and how can the current SDN deployments in very large web-scale data centers translate into a tangible benefit for enterprise scale data centers. Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, SDN offers a solution to an important problem we now face in the data center: The network and the applications are operating in silos. Any automated attempt by the network or the application controllers, such as the hypervisor, to improve resource use can only achieve a suboptimal result. What is needed is a complete end-to-end coordinated virtual architecture enabling applications and the network to collaborate in providing a high quality experience for users and ! enable optimization of resource consumption. For any solution to be successful within the enterprise data center it must address the network size as well as the existing desirable network properties that should be maintained. Benefiting from the positive aspects of an SDN network requires a clear strategy for both the application and network infrastructure.

What attendees will learn?

  • SDN: What is it, and what does it mean for the enterprise scale data center
  • Criteria to evaluate when defining a strategy covering SDN principles for enterprise data center
  • Best practice recommendations to benefit from SDN
Who should attend?
  • IT applications managers responsible for setting application virtualization strategy
  • IT network managers responsible for setting data center network strategy
  • CIOs looking to understand risk, benefits and a practical approach to SDN for the enterprise

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Zeus Kerravala
Affiliate, Yankee Group

Cliff Grossner, Ph.D.
Director Strategic Marketing, Network Business Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise


Peter Bernstein,
Senior Editor, TMCnet