How Businesses Can Become SDN Native

How Businesses Can Become SDN Native

Enterprise Networking Mag | Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Businesses are shifting to cloud-based SDN network because it allows them to move from physical hardware and control the entire network through software.

FREMONT, CA: Cloud-native applications have received considerable acceptance within enterprises during the last few years. These applications are created using microservices architecture techniques to perform optimally in a cloud environment. According to a study, 59 percent of businesses have already implemented cloud-native concepts in their manufacturing processes.

But most businesses continue to use slow and strained conventional networks due to data proliferation and the rise of cloud-based technologies. These traditional networks, such as conventional data centers, restrict the advantages of cloud-native applications.

SDN is the network corollary to cloud

A Software Defined Network (SDN) is the network counterpart to a cloud architecture. The network control plane can be separated from the forwarding plane in an SDN framework, allowing for policy-based, centralized network management. To put it another way, an SDN architecture enables a company to abstract away from physical hardware and manage the entire network with software help.

Suggestions on how to can become an SDN-native enterprise.

The benefits of an SDN-native architecture, like those of cloud-native, cannot be obtained by transferring software and attempting to interact with the cloud in some form. Companies must start with a network native architecture that has all the fundamentals ingrained in its DNA. But most businesses are already plagued by legacy networks and are unable to completely redesign their networks in a single day.

So, here are some of the recommended approach:

Start small but think big: Most businesses begin their network transformation journeys by implementing SD-WAN in small areas. This technique is good at first, but if companies want to become SDN native, they will need to prepare ahead to make everything software-defined in the shortest amount of time possible.

Leverage next-gen technologies: Companies will need to leverage various next-generation technologies to follow the concepts of SDN-native infrastructure. Edge computing, for example, is required for ubiquity, AI/ML for intelligence, NetOps tools for speed, and multi-tenancy management platforms.

Focus on business outcomes: Better business outcomes are the ultimate goal of an SDN-native infrastructure. This goal must not get lost during the technology changes. To deliver business benefits, SDN-native infrastructure will become an enabler of cloud-native application implementation within the organization.

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