Citrix: SDN Strategy: Put Applications First
In 2015, the software-defined networking market reached $1.4 billion in value – a strong sign that it will continue to see widespread adoption. However, organizations face plenty of challenges with SDN that can prevent them from realizing the technology’s full benefits. In order to ensure a successful SDN strategy, enterprises need to start their journey by implementing an application-first mindset.
While it may seem counterintuitive to focus on applications when dealing with networking technology, an application-first mindset encourages organizations to focus on the main function of a network, which is to deliver data and resources to end users that can lead to greater business success.
Traditionally, as the foundation of application delivery, networks flagged which applications worked in the system and what changes needed to occur in order to integrate with app-specific features. This equation has now flipped, and applications are defining the network. With increased programmability, applications are taking the lead role in communicating what they need from the infrastructure. When an app says it needs more capacity, infrastructure should be able to react immediately. SDN provides the right capabilities required to facilitate this transition. Understanding how information flows between apps and networks underscores that SDN is truly for the benefit of applications.
Read the entire article here, SDN Strategy: Put Applications First
via the fine folks at Citrix Systems, Inc.