eWEEK, Datamation Google+ Hangout to Discuss SDN in the Enterprise

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At a Google+ Hangout Feb. 4, the talk will focus on the current state of SDN adoption and what the future looks like for the technology.

Tech news sites eWEEK and Datamation are hosting a Google+ Hangout that will explore the growth of software-defined networking in the enterprise, and what the future holds for SDN and other network virtualization technologies, including network-functions virtualization and virtual LANs.

The Google+ Hangout will begin at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 4. The Hangout can be accessed here and will include tech journalists from eWEEK, Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.

The discussion comes at a time when telecommunications companies and enterprises are looking for ways to create networking infrastructures that not only will help them drive down costs, but also are more programmable, scalable and agile than the ones many are using today. Businesses are dealing with such trends as cloud computing, big data, the Internet of things (IoT) and an increasingly mobile world, which is putting more pressure on networks to be more flexible and dynamic.

SDN and NFV decouple the networking data plane and networking tasks—such as firewalls, routing and load balancing—from the underlying hardware and put them into software that can run atop less-expensive commodity systems. Both technologies have been top-of-mind in the networking space for several years, though most businesses to this point are still testing and evaluating them.

However, that is changing, according to a new survey by Quinstreet Enterprise, which runs eWEEK, Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews, among other sites. According to the survey, "SDN Growth Takes IT Infrastructure by Storm," SDN is moving past the hype stage and will see greater deployment in the coming years. Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents said they are either currently using SDN in their environments or will deploy the technology within the next 12 months, the survey found.

Another 10 percent said they plan to deploy the technology within 13 to 24 months, and yet another 25 percent are considering the technology, but haven't decided on a timeline.

The numbers show significant gains in actual and planned deployments from a similar survey Quinstreet Enterprise conducted two years ago.

During the Google+ Hangout video roundtable, the panelists will touch on a range of issues, including the current state of the SDN space and where it might be in the next three to five years. There also will be a discussion on the benefits and challenges in deploying SDN. The top benefit is cost savings, according to respondents to the survey. At the same time, cost savings also was pegged as the top challenge.

In addition, there will be talk about other network virtualization technologies, such as NFV and VLANs, which have been around for decades but appear to be hitting the ceiling as far as adoption and future deployment, according to the survey numbers.

The Google+ Hangout is Feb. 4 starting at 1:30 PT/4:30 ET. Click here to join us.  Please join us.

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