Some rambling brainstorming on software defined networks….
My sense is that most cloud service providers and enterprises will likely gravitate their preference to the hardware or hypervisor infrastructure provider rather than a third party software provider. My position stems from a belief that a strong relative background in networking or a closely tied hypervisor is likely to be preferred by customers over a third party software defined network provider that has limited deployment time in the networking industry. Personally when I receive inquiry on the topic of proper zoning within a virtualization infrastructure. I generally gravitate towards the infrastructure provider over third parties as the provider of network segmentation (see Gartner’s Burton research on “Zones”). I lean towards the traditionalist path with physical versus software based zoning for sensitive security zones rather than deployment within a single hypervisor environment. This is likely also why the recent FedRamp program does not intend to move sensitive workloads into Fedramp certified entities. In general I question the ability of a third-party software packages to deliver all of the adequate network technologies within a virtualization infrastructure one step removed from the traditional network infrastructure providers or the hypervisor provider as they likely have divergent business goals for product stickiness and meeting contractual obligations of providing high stability. I’m interested in hearing from you, what do you feel are the security risks or operational risks of relying on a third party software defined network provider and what would you prefer?
Read Complimentary Relevant Research
Security Monitoring and Operations Primer for 2017
Security monitoring and operations excellence is a key component of any effective security program. Gartner's 2017 research will guide...
View Relevant Webinars
Equip Your IAM Risk-Based Planning With a Comprehensive Risk Model
Assessment of more than 50 large IAM deployments have shown suboptimal IAM solutions with arbitrary priorities, missing time and budget...
Comments or opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors only, and do not necessarily represent the views of Gartner, Inc. or its management. Readers may copy and redistribute blog postings on other blogs, or otherwise for private, non-commercial or journalistic purposes, with attribution to Gartner. This content may not be used for any other purposes in any other formats or media. The content on this blog is provided on an "as-is" basis. Gartner shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the content or use of this blog.