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Chart your journey to cost savings via Software Defined Networking

By Brian Quah

 

SDN is a disruptive technology, but one which can benefit organizations’ IT services significantly in terms of reducing OPEX cost and increasing efficiency in the deployment of IT services.

 

SDN architecture decouples the Control Plane from the Data Plane, allowing IT to deliver better control of IT services across the network infrastructure. The intelligence from networking switches is transferred to the Software Controller, allowing you to build low-cost switches, hence reducing your Capex investment.

 

A centralized controller also allows IT network managers to architect application traffic over the network without the limitation of existing networking protocols, while preserving the application service level requirement. For example, applications such as computer-based training videos can be routed over a separate path on the network without affecting business applications such as SAP. With a centralized controller, provisioning of the network for application/IT services can be automated, allowing the IT infrastructure to be agile and adaptive to different requirements. This concept is what HP Virtual Application Network (VAN) aims to achieve.

               

In order to leverage the SDN technology, an IT organization needs to begin the journey by understanding the existing environment. Maximizing current IT investment is important; however, planning for future network investment to evolve from the existing network infrastructure is equally important.

 

We can help you to get there. Last week HP announced our SDN portfolio, as well as three new SDN services, including the HP Transformation Experience Workshop. The workshop is designed to help you align your network infrastructure spending, meet your business goals, and easily adapt to changing business models (see below).

 

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As a consultant who has delivered several of these workshops, I’ve seen many organizations benefit from them. The key take-away from the workshop is the roadmap, where together we develop a customized IT plan to help organizations chart their journey towards their desired state. Key stakeholders in the business organization gain a better view of their IT infrastructure and participate in the journey to an IT organization that truly enables the business.

 

Stay tuned to this blog; I’ll be posting more about how we can kick-start your journey to the big benefits that SDN delivers.

 

Read more blogs on HP Networking and SDN.

 

Brian Quah is the Practice Manager for HP Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Networking in APAC. Brian is a technologist and system architect who specializes in Large Networking and Data Center technologies.

Comments
software company | ‎11-16-2012 05:50 PM

A centralized controller also allows IT network managers to architect application traffic over the network without the limitation of existing networking protocols, while preserving the application service level requirement. For example, applications such as computer-based training videos can be routed over a separate path on the network without affecting business applications such as SAP. i am interesting about learning <a href=http://"www.webasiatech.com">software</a

Brian Quah | ‎11-27-2012 02:45 AM

The concept of SDN really virtualize the Control plane of Networking. By alleviating the control plane to a centralized controller, architecting traffic flow across the network now possible without being restricted by Networking and Routing Protocols such as Spanning Tree, OSPF or RIP.

 

This will allow Network administrators to be able to map traffic flows from Virtual Servers (VM) to Storage or VM (Web) to VM (App). The variations are limitless. With SDN, network architecting is simplified. 

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