SDN: Unshackling the Network Application Environment

The software defined network (SDN) is intended to provide greater coordination between underlying network infrastructure and the configuration and architectural needs of business applications. Conceivably, this could result in apps like CRM and BI configuring their own network pathways and security/governance parameters, leaving broader policy and deployment issues to network administrators.

One of the ways SDN accomplishes this feat is by making it easier to build and deploy network applications. As long as these applications can operate comfortably within a cohesive networking environment, enterprises should be able to build all kinds of functionality into their newly abstracted data infrastructure.