This is the blog of Ronald Bartels that wanders on and off the subject of problem management (that is how it started), but it is best described by Ray who says this is Daddy's thoughts! Like the best music is from the Eighties and a wee dram helps in solving most inconveniences.
SDN: where innovation and policy intersect
SDN has become increasingly popular, but what does it actually do?
truth is, it means different things to different people. Although it's a
bit of an umbrella term, it essentially comes down to programmers
configuring networks to send data down specific paths, rather than leaving it up to network protocols to show the way. This means, instead of data following the sets of protocols inside the network switches - the switches are basically running independently from each other -
to get to their destinations, data is directed by an application called
a 'controller', which tells the switches how to route the data.
networks can be fine-tuned to deal with specific services or issues.
Take, for example, the deluge of data coming from Internet of things
(IoT) devices or video on demand. Instead of having the switches
protocols direct what to do with the data, the controller's instructions
directs where the data from these devices should go. Networks can be
designed to transmit some data more efficiently. The same kind
of network tweaking can be used for security issues, as SDN enables
networks to block suspect traffic, but allows normal traffic to flow