CDW and Customers Explore the Role of Software-Defined Networks on the Enterprise

CDW LogoCDW and HP recently hosted a gathering of high-level technologists to dine, network, and discuss the role of SDN and its potential for their organizations.

Software-defined networks (SDNs) are receiving a lot of attention from IT executives and networking professionals today. CDW and HP recently hosted a gathering of high-level technologists from the San Diego area to dine, network, and discuss the role of SDN and its potential for their organizations.

CIO LogoThe promise of SDN is its ability to take the network control plane and centralize it so network policy can be managed in one place, instead of in hundreds of places as is often the case in today’s enterprise networks.

Attendees and panelists at the event discussed how SDN is a key component of what some call the “holy grail” of IT infrastructure: the software-defined data center. Many of the IT professionals present are already exploring software-defined compute and software-defined storage, which makes SDN the next logical step in the process.

SDN was also discussed as one of the pieces businesses need to complete the cloud computing puzzle, as an essential element of implementing unified communications, and as a tool for helping automate the business by reducing the resources required for network management and devoting them to solving business problems and generating revenue.

Highlights of the discussion were captured in the video below:

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