Software Defined Networking (SDN) falls under the open source software domain. It allows networking to be more flexible to changing requirements in today’s market place. What are the other benefits of adopting it are highlighted in this piece.
Companies in IT space are opting for open source software (OSS) much more than before.
An IT market intelligence firm, estimates that at least 85% of all commercial software solutions will be based on open-source technology by the year 2015.
As Software Defined Networking (SDN) – where IT network configuration is decoupled from the physical network infrastructure – is one of the most popular technologies in open software segment. It is, thus, expected to be adopted by an increasing number of companies.
It is no surprise then that SDN is expected to touch more than $3.5 billion by 2018.
A study revealed that the quality of the solutions is the main criterion that drives enterprises towards OSS. Organizations believe that open software is much more secure than proprietary software, the study adds
Developers choose SDN as it allows them to go beyond confines of their organization and lets them partake in discussions about codes in open source communities. Not surprisingly, Linux is the flavor of the season for them.
SDN gives network administrators more control over their network, giving them space to innovate. This presents them with opportunities to create new products or services. This also allows different firms to collaborate in software development, which results in the development of more innovative products. Most managers felt that collaborating in software development helped their businesses to perform better.
Initially, network security was viewed as an impediment for embracing open software. That no longer is the belief now. Enterprises are now more comfortable with OSS as it is transparent and can be developed collaboratively.
So the cliché, two or more heads are better than one, seems to be working well in the OSS space. This has led businesses to conclude that when more developers come together it is helping them develop products faster.
The OSS environment also gives SDN developers the choice to be not bound by any one service provider’s package. They can develop solutions on their own by being a part of the open source community where information is shared and discussed with thousands of others across the globe.
This model facilitates software to be flexible, allowing it to adjust to changes. This means SDN can be tweaked according to changing needs.
The OSS environment allows solutions to be interoperable, allowing organizations not to be stuck to only one solution.
Importantly, SDN is perceived as improving return on investment. It is not only less expensive, but is also much more scalable unlike proprietary services. Businesses, therefore, are of the opinion that it is more efficient and cheaper to work in.