Group of people meeting with technology.Software-defined networking (SDN) solutions are the buzz of the networking industry, but the thought of deploying them can intimidate organizations that perceive themselves as unprepared to take on all that SDN entails. SDN is a paradigm shift, and compared to traditional solutions, it appears at first glance to be complex and may have an implied requirement to be all-encompassing, as if the investment in the foundational technology is not worth much unless you go all the way to a fully orchestrated hybrid-cloud scenario.

A new white paper by Sirius Principal Network Architect Chris Wham describes the functionality of SDN with some easy-to-grasp analogies, and highlights the value of intermediate steps—each a strong reason to proceed, and each a valid end-goal. It is intended for those who are not yet widely read on the subject, but seek to better understand the functions and benefits of SDN without favoring a particular vendor solution. The business value is “secure application delivery with speed, accuracy and reliability.”

The other key takeaways should be around the simplicity and flexibility that SDN provides, even when deployed without the vision of full orchestration. The single controller interface alone makes an SDN solution compelling in allowing automation, reducing errors and improving efficiencies. Synergies also continue to evolve for SDN among a huge ecosystem of vendors and their abilities to cater to multiple workloads and workflows, and vendors tend to keep their APIs open, which fosters continuous innovation in the community.

Click here to download the entire, informative white paper. And for more information about how Sirius can help you with your SDN strategy, or how to engage the Sirius Software-Defined Innovation Center (SDxIC) team, speak with your Sirius representative or visit