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How SDN can help SMBs to Manage Large IT Environment

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Hyperconvergence can help IT managers of SMBs to manage the infrastructure efficiently if proper preparations are done.

There are many SMBs in which the IT guys upgrade to a better storage quickly, for example, a HPE server and storage area network was installed for virtualized environments, but that company had to upgrade to EMC storage solution to support its growing virtualized environment.


What is SDN?

Software-defined networking (SDN) technology is an approach to cloud computing that facilitates network management and enables programmatically efficient network configuration in order to improve network performance and monitoring. SDN is meant to address the fact that the static architecture of traditional networks is decentralized and complex while current networks require more flexibility and easy troubleshooting.

SDN suggests centralizing network intelligence in one network component by disassociating the forwarding process of network packets (Data Plane) from the routing process (Control plane). The control plane consists of one or more controllers which are considered as the brain of SDN network where the whole intelligence is incorporated.

SDN(Software Defined Network)


In this rapid evolvement of Software Defined Networking space, Hyperconvergence is the only segment. Majority of the SDN has been confined to large cloud service providers, cloud start-ups, building new data centers and hyperscale companies. But SDN is best for SMBs, in which IT teams need ways to manage large environments efficiently.

Hyperconvergence helps 200 employees who are supported by five IT staff members; this is possible as Hyperconvergence has everything in one box which simplifies support.

SMBs should soon upgrade to SDN and Hyperconvergence. The IT teams of SMBs should do an upfront planning, make the right technology investment and prepare their staff for any particular problem.



SDN helps SMBs

SDN is very valuable for SMBs. As SMBs are implementing SDNs while building new data center stands to benefit them, legacy equipment will not be an issue.

SMBs are very much beneficial with the help of SDN as SMBs can avoid huge investments on infrastructure and on the IT staff required to handle a work place.

If SDN is installed it allows the network to adapt to applications without making any change in the software. SDN allows network to adapt to quality of service, but quality of service is time consuming and difficult under the best circumstances.

SDN is very much time saving if you have not planned your things. If a few applications are not working, or any equipment which is not working, means downtime in business which will result in lack of business hours which will in turn affect the business and which will in turn affect the salary of employees.


Preparation for SDN deployment

SDN is not just plug and play. IT officials have to be fully prepared for SDN deployment, they will need administrators with virtualization experience, staff training or they can also take help from third party provider. The best preparation for SDN came from understanding implementation objectives and studying options for accomplishing them. Do the due diligence by talking to vendors to see what’s out there, as the tried-and-true isn’t necessarily the best way to tackle an SDN or HCI project.

You can opt not to invest in tools and staff up to do everything manually. You can choose to run an efficient operation with a lean staff, which means buying the right tools.


SDN’s not for everyone, but if SMBs want to be able to react through technology to changes that impact their business, it can be a great fit.



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