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SDN Shows Promise For Security

Improved security is emerging as a major reason for adopting software-defined networking, but concerns about potential SDN risks persist.

Software-defined networking is often discussed in terms of its promises of increased flexibility, better agility, and improved cost efficiency. Increasingly, though, SDN is talked about in the context of security and how it can be leveraged to streamline enterprise security.

In fact, security is the first use case many companies see for SDN, said Jason Nash, chief technology officer at Varrow, an IT services firm based in Greensboro, N.C. "It's the way people are looking at starting to consume these technologies," he said in an interview.

Nash will talk about why companies are looking to SDN for security at Interop Las Vegas next month in his session Leveraging SDN for Data Center Security. SDN, he said, allows organizations to secure the network in ways that were either previously impossible or too complicated using traditional tools.

While many see the SDN benefits for security, the technology also has generated some security concerns. The panel discussion "SDN, Network Agility, and Security: Truth or Consequences?" at Interop will discuss those concerns. The panel will be held during an all-day workshop, Software-Defined Networking and Network Virtualization on April 27.

Read the full article here on Network Computing. 

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