From a rather static, hardware-focused unit, IT is becoming a more dynamic, application- and user- centric entity. And your IT department must be ready to deploy entire application environments instantly and dynamically – and then modify or remove them just as quickly.
Business-enabling innovations have already resulted in the emergence of dynamic, application-centric IT trends such as the cloud and DevOps automation. And now software-defined networking is doing the same for networking.
SDN will allow networks to become simpler, faster and more scalable, so that the network is no longer the weak link in the infrastructure chain. Now, instead of the infrastructure dictating what is and isn’t possible, organisations will decide what they want to accomplish and then code software to deliver the underlying infrastructure requirements. Networks will be built with an ‘application and user first’ mentality that synergises with the rest of your infrastructure and enables optimal development, improvement and delivery of applications to end users.
SDN and the cloud
Revolutionise your business model by establishing software as a core strategy, enabled by combinations of dynamic networking and private, hybrid or public cloud solutions. This combination of agile networking and hosting arrangements is the key to building flexible, homogeneous, coherent infrastructure that enables fluid and responsive application development.
The biggest hurdle, according to Dell , when adopting such hybrid solutions is their complexity. The good news is that you needn’t manage that complexity alone.
The next generation of networking will be a key component of what we call a ‘software-defined business’. One that is dynamic, application-aware and user-centric. The intelligently provisioned resources of a software-defined business will be the building blocks for a new, innovative way of doing business where software is at the centre of all communications and interactions. The successful firm of the future must embrace this new model – or risk putting their business in danger.