Written by Jennifer Lin
Prior to joining Juniper through the acquisition of Contrail Systems, Jennifer was a member of the early team and VP, Product Management at Contrail Systems, where she led the product management and marketing activities.
Networks require automation to essentially make a flow-through provisioning process and make sure that it's easy for the administrators to manage environments. Software Defined Networking solves key business problems by allowing direct access to the infrastructure so that end users can instantly spin up a variety of applications, virtual machines, and database as a service.
What is SDN is a loaded question. Some folks, the official definition would be software-defined networking. We think about it more in terms of service delivery networking, in terms of exposing things as a service and giving end users, whether they are cloud tenants or users of the infrastructure, direct access to the infrastructure so that they can instantly spin up virtual machines, spin up database as a service, spin up whatever application or service that they need. The network needs to be automated to essentially make that a flow-through provisioning process and make sure that it's easy for the administrators to manage that environment. It's not changing networking for the sake of inventing a new protocol or inventing a new architecture. It really is solving a business problem.