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IT pros undecided on software-defined networking vendors

Source:  TechTarget
Designer: Christopher Seero

Data center organizations aren't sure about software-defined networking vendors. SDN vendors include traditional networking heavyweights that either develop an SDN offering or provide one through a third party, as well as SDN-specific companies capitalizing on software innovations.

IT teams know a software-defined networking (SDN) deployment can handle higher application workload demands, ease management concerns in complex and virtualized environments and support a move to cloud architectures. The ability to programmatically create networks for special purposes would be beneficial in the high-performance computing data center at University of Arizona, where workloads are substantially more transient than in a typical enterprise, according to deputy CIO and CTO Derek Masseth.

But what vendor will best lead a data center through the transformation from static to programmable networks? In the TechTarget Datacenter Networking survey, 46% of respondents said they were most comfortable choosing SDN from an incumbent vendor bringing in third-party technology, followed closely by an SDN specialist (44%) and a traditional vendor with a new product in-house (41%).

The University of Arizona relies on Cisco for networking, but Masseth isn't convinced the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure will give UA everything it wants: automated management; reduced faults and outages; and, to a certain degree, added network flexibility.

Check out the infographic for more information, including the most popular reasons for a data center network upgrade. Then read on to learn what data center procurement teams expect from virtualization management software.

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