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  • A significant number of businesses are deploying software-defined networking (SDN), or plan to do so within the next 12 months, according to a recent survey from QuinStreet Enterprise. In the accompanying report, "SDN Growth Takes IT Infrastructure by Storm," technology decision-makers said they're turning to SDN to reduce costs and improve network performance. They also expect SDN to improve productivity and security, while streamlining network operations. As with any new technology implementation, there are challenges, including considerations over associated costs, integration and interoperability, security and appropriate deployment models. SDN "is having a profound impact on businesses," according to the report. "As the technology matures, it is more than simply changing network infrastructure design; it is also altering how IT perceives its role and redefining the entire IT infrastructure. … The ability of SDN architectures to make network control programmable, often using open protocols such as OpenFlow, enables organizations to apply globally aware software control at the edges of the network." A total of 466 IT professionals took part in the research.

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