SDN buyer's guide: Book chapter on what to look for in a solution

Michelle McNickle

In his new book, Software Defined Networking (SDN) -- a definitive guide, Rajesh Kumar, chief technology officer at SDN consultancy company Kloudspun, outlines SDN basics for both students and IT professionals. Kumar includes thoughts on how SDN will impact businesses and gets technical with chapters dedicated to SDN and network virtualization, as well as network functions virtualization.

Kumar outlines various SDN solutions on the market today, as well as several uses for SDN in campus networks, data center networks, enterprise networks, and even home networks. The book offers practical uses for the budding technology, and explains key SDN terminology.

In this sample chapter from Software Defined Networking, Kumar offers an SDN buyer's guide, giving specifics on what to look for in an SDN solution. The chapter begins with a chart that breaks down the elements found in an SDN ecosystem, such as the northbound interface, controller, service compiler, network compiler and so on.

Kumar writes that with SDN's lack of standardization, business execs have a hard time determining what SDN components to look for in a solution. An SDN network, he writes, consists of a number of elements, ranging from switches and controllers to specific plug-ins, modules and security components. Kumar explains each in a list series and describes the function of each SDN component within the SDN ecosystem.

Read Chapter 14, Buyer's Guide: What to Look For, in its entirety

Software Defined Networking (SDN) -- a definitive guide is available on Amazon.

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