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IDC PlanScape: SDN and IT Organizational Challenges

IDC PlanScape: SDN and IT Organizational Challenges

This IDC study offers guidance on how enterprises can successfully embrace SDN, from business justification through to adoption and deployment. It describes key stakeholders and their roles, responsibilities, and actions required to derive significant business value from SDN. Successful implementations of SDN involve more than merely selecting an architectural approach and a vendor (or vendors) to provide it, says Brad Casemore, director of research for Datacenter Networks at IDC. With SDN, as with other software-defined technologies, success hinges on how organizations prepare for and adapt to software- and developer-driven practices and processes. In many cases, your organization will have to break down its traditional IT operational silos and restructure toward more of a DevOps model. Although such change can be difficult, it has the potential to deliver substantial business benefits in opex and capex cost savings, time to revenue, and overall business agility.


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Executive Summary
Why Is Software-Defined Networking Important?
SDN Opex and Capex Benefits and Faster Time to Revenue/Service
What Is Software-Defined Networking?
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
How Can My Organization Take Advantage of SDN?
Essential Guidance
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