Visitors to the
At the techtarget.com website,
For those unaccustomed to the jargon,
Ahead of the forum, one key speaker offers an upbeat appraisal of what lies ahead.
"SDN provides a new and dynamic network architecture that transforms traditional network backbones into rich service-delivery platforms," he says.
"A few of the many potential benefits of SDN are user mobility, server virtualisation and the ability to respond to changing business conditions in a manner that today's conventional network architectures can't handle."
The benefits for business will be striking, he says, as a range of products is developed for different market sectors.
The effect ,
For telecoms network providers, he says, SDN offers the promise of escape from "the expensive proprietary black box of network device manufacturers".
"SDN would also enable providers like du to move away from embedded routing and switching at the network device layer by separating the physical network layer and vitalising the network management layer," he adds.
This will make the network efficient and effective, bringing the flexibility that would provide a catalyst for the improved customer experience the industry was anxious trying to create.
However, some voices are urging a sense of proportion.
"The reality is that we're several years away from an environment where SDN saves the world as everybody is proclaiming,"
Other commentators also warning of a bumpy ride for those embracing SDN. At the telecoms website Light Reading,
"SDN will disrupt and transform the telecom industry over the next few years, leading to new winners and losers and a potential vendor shake-out," he says, citing the views of a group of five analysts:
These experts appear agreed that along with its closely relation, network functions virtualisation (NFV), SDN technology is on course to cause "major changes in telco network design, operations, engineering, security, support, and staffing, among other areas".
However, one of the quintet,
With SDN cropping up repeatedly on the agenda in
They may wish to bear in mind the words of
One day, he predicted, people would look back in amazement when considering "the most transformative thing we've come up with in decades".
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