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How SDN Can Help Your Customers

by Kristina Scott ‎08-09-2016 08:09 PM - edited ‎08-09-2016 08:11 PM (1,044 Views)

Enterprise networks today are facing serious challenges as digital transformation puts unprecedented pressure on your customers’ networks. With the growth of big data, cloud and mobile, your customers are faced with managing more data than ever before, often on the same networks they were using prior to the introduction of these technologies. Luckily, the network is on a precipice of a software-driven revolution that can better enable digital transformation and help your customers drive efficiency, cut costs and improve security.

 

Earlier this year, an International Data Corporation (IDC) report projected that the global software-defined networking (SDN) market will have a compound annual growth rate of 53.9 percent from 2014 to 2020 and will be worth nearly $12.5 billion by 2020.

 

According to Brad Casemore, director of research for datacenter networking at IDC, “While networking hardware will continue to hold a prominent place in network infrastructure, SDN is indicative of a long-term value migration from hardware to software in the networking industry.”

 

So you may be asking, how does SDN benefit your customers?

 

Efficiency. As your customer’s networks are required to manage more and more data, networks must be optimized for efficiency. SDN reduces the need for manual interactions and errors. This automation flattens the network, increasing efficiencies and helping scale networks based on current needs. As a result, SDN frees your customer’s IT administrators to focus on advancing their enterprise business goals.

 

Savings. Confronted with the demands of digital transformation, keeping costs down while maintaining quality service is a complicated challenge for your customers. SDN can help meet this challenge, potentially cutting overall network costs in half. SDN can save time and resources for your customers, especially with the continued growth of bandwidth-hungry applications. Brocade’s SDN solutions provide the flexibility that network administrators need to streamline operations.

 

Security. Enterprise networks continue to face sophisticated cyber attacks and security threats that evolve rapidly, requiring consistent monitoring and quick reaction. SDN enables your customers to manage a multi-faceted, multi-vendor security ecosystem from a single source. Network administrators can use the network to identify sensitive data and security gaps and quickly develop and adjust security policies as the threat landscape shifts. In an environment where security threats are constantly changing and nearly impossible to predict, this agility is critical.

 

SDN can address some of your customers’ most critical business challenges. Brocade is here to help your customers shift to networks that are open, software-defined, and secure. Click here to learn more.