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Whether you know it as software-defined networking (SDN), network automation, or network programmability, you’ve been hearing about it. There’s a magic in what it can do to improve your work life, but also a good deal of mystery in terms of the network architectural shift it represents.
Our white paper, “Demystifying SDN for the Network Engineer,”—the first in a series of papers on the subject—aims to introduce you to the magic without all the mystery. We have strived to make this paper a gentle introduction to the topic, especially if you are wading into the waters for the first time. Here’s what we’ll do:
Explain what’s happened on the technological landscape to give rise to SDN
Show in the simplest terms how the new network architecture compares to the traditional model
Detail the numerous benefits of SDN in the daily life of network engineers
Illustrate with a couple compelling examples why this technology is worth your attention
Help you visualize the possibilities and take your first steps
If you’re in the majority of network engineers still working primarily at the traditional command-line interface, but want to better understand what’s on the horizon, this white paper is for you.