SDN pioneers share their secrets

Training, planning and testing are key to SDN rollouts

With the ability to create virtual networks quickly and efficiently – rather than programming network-connected hardware on an individual basis – software defined networks (SDN) appear to be the time-and-resource saving solution that overwhelmed IT managers have been looking for.

However, there’s a difference between the theory behind an IT advance and the actual experience of deploying and using it. 

We talked to several SDN pioneers to find out how their early forays into SDN are faring and to share what they’ve learned.

SDN at Marist College: A Thoughtful Deployment

Marist College, located on a picturesque 210-acre campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was recently selected by The Princeton Review as being one of the country’s “Most Connected Campuses”.

When it comes to SDN, “We entered this arena through an IBM faculty research grant and immediately began working with the OpenFlow protocol,” says Robert Cannistra, a Marist College professor of computer science and information technology. “Our work led us to test SDN in our faculty-led research laboratory, and to develop a pilot deployment on our own campus network via our IT department."

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