Exploring the SDN WAN use case

By Lee Doyle, Network World |  Networking, SDN, Software-Defined Networking

Google has deployed OpenFlow to improve its WAN QoS, reliability, manageability, as well as to reduce costs.

" ADARA has deployed its SDN solutions with several enterprise IT customers (in the transportation and health care verticals) to improve their WAN QoS.

" Pertino helped a small business manage virtual connections with remote employees. In another case, Pertino enabled a school to deploy secure remote access to its students and faculty.

" Glue Networks enabled a global pharmaceuticals company to automate the deployment and management of a WAN to their regional branch offices.

At a recent forum of enterprise IT professionals focused on SDN (Open Networking User Group or ONUG), a number of leading edge IT organizations expressed interest in leveraging SDN to better manage their WAN links.

Enterprise IT professionals will be challenged to maintain high quality, secure WAN connections given the trends towards SaaS, BYOD and mobility. SDN provides solutions to enable a broader range of business customers to deploy WAN optimization technologies to provide secure links with high quality of service.

Lee Doyle is principal analyst at Doyle Research. Doyle Research provides targeted analysis on the Evolution of Intelligent Networks: SDN, OPEX and COTS. Lee Doyle has over 28 years experience analyzing the IT, network and telecom markets. For more information please see doyle-research.com, email me at ldoyle@doyle-research.com, and follow me on Twitter @leedoyle_dc.

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