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Gartner reveals 10 misconceptions (and lies) about software defined networking

Thu 3 Apr 2014

Andrew Lerner, a Garter research director, debunks several myths and misunderstandings about what SDN is (and what it isn’t). Here’s an example:

(5) Programmatic control does not mean developers “own” the network – Network folks tend to get a little twitchy when they hear that SDN allows “programmatic access to the network”. The typical response is “The last thing I want is developers controlling the network”. This is not what SDN provides. Instead, App Administrators can write APIs that communicate with the network controller via pre-defined templates or blueprints. These functions on the controller are typically setup by a Networking person. This isn’t the wild-west (sorry, application guys).


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