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SDN for the Rest-of-Us

by Andrew Lerner  |  March 24, 2014  |  6 Comments

There has been a massive degree of hype in the networking market surrounding SDN – in fact it is currently outpacing “MPLS” in terms of keyword searches on Gartner.com (crrraaaazy considering how widespread MPLS is deployed). Roughly one year ago, we published our SDN taxonomy but to date, nearly all of the SDN deployments have been in really big environments (i.e., Google, cloud service providers and the largest banks).  There hasn’t been a ton of adoption in “normal” networks, and there is a decent amount of confusion out there as well.

However, in the fall of 2013, several prominent and trusted IT vendors including VMware, Juniper and Cisco released their SDN (or related) products, while HP enhanced its existing offering.  As a result, SDN and related technologies are now much more consumable for mainstream organizations.  So, in essence, we’re entering the era of “SDN for the rest of us” – but despite the availability of these SDN product(s), many “normal” folks are still asking questions like:

  • What are the key architectures and deployment approaches out there on the market? 
  • What is the differentiation between vendor solutions?
  • Where, how, and when should we start deploying SDN?
  • What are the best practices when evaluating and deploying SDN?

In order to address these questions and identify recommended practices around SDN, we published this research last week: Mainstream Organizations Should Prepare for SDN, targeted for the “rest of us”.  It answers the questions above and provides a pragmatic yet strategic roadmap to leverage SDN in your organization.

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Category: networking  sdn  

Tags: cisco  hp  juniper  vmware  

Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio


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