TechBeat: Software defined networking – are there implications for security?


10 April 2015

There can be little doubt that software defined networking (SDN) is bringing sweeping change to enterprise ICT, with increased capabilities for orchestration and automation, changing not only the way that networking is implemented and governed, but also how infrastructure is procured.

2015 has been dubbed the year of SDN by at least one blogger for a major vendor in the area, while Gartner figures from last year found that around half of enterprises globally were seriously thinking about deploying SDN, but nearly a quarter (23%) are still asking what is SDN?

Added to all of this, is the view expressed by another industry expert asserting that adoption is hindered by gaps in device standards and tools for network control.

Are there other risks and challenges associated? What are the effects on security and control? Where are Irish organisations in terms of understanding and implementation?

TechPro, in association with Dimension Data, wants your input to determine how software defined networking is currently perceived, both in terms of risk and benefit, and whether it is yet another security headache for Irish ICT professionals.

With a chance to win an iPad, the results will be presented with analysis in a feature in the May issue.

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