Although a relative newcomer to virtualization compared to its server and storage brethren, virtualized networks – and their companion, software-defined networking (SDN) technology – are a no-brainer for any company that’s virtualizing other parts of its IT infrastructure. Once you move platforms to an internal cloud, you’ll want the underlying transport layer to deliver the same flexibility as the virtual resource. Storage, servers, desktops and software all benefit from a more flexible network.
CIOs get this. The IDG Enterprise 2014 Cloud Computing Study found that 61% of IT leaders are evaluating investments in emerging technologies such as software-defined networking and network virtualization. The other 39% are likely to follow quickly.