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The importance of network transformation -planning for Software-defined Networking (SDN)

YanickPouffary.JPGBy Yanick Pouffary, Chief Technologist of HP Network Services and HP Distinguished Technologist


We all agree that networking is the fabric of organizations. Yet current networks simply can no longer keep up and meet the exponential demands caused by the major transformational pressures of Big Data, Cloud, and Mobility. It means a different approach to the network – a transformation which, when executed properly, can result in delivering significant value, that better aligns to the demands of the business.  It is time to focus less on managing the infrastructure and more on delivering business outcomes.




To help our customers engage on their Software-defined Networking (SDN) journey we, at HP, have developed SDN services that enable the move from this current rigid network environment to the future network environment that is agile and can align with their business goals.   We call this future network “elastic connectivity”.


In this video of the SDN Journey series, Jim Metzler also stresses the importance of planning for SDN.




For a successful SDN transformation it is critical to understand the importance of RE-defining the IT eco system and recognize the critical role the network plays as part of that eco-system. Everything in the IT environment touches the network and the network touches everything in the IT environment.


How do we transform? How do we achieve elastic connectivity? Our full lifecycle of services for SDN help clients transform their network – comprehensive of people, processes and architecture – delivering elastic connectivity that aligns with changing business needs.


So in short I can sum up the value HP Networking PLUS HP Network Services brings to customers as follows: simplify, transform and evolve. Our approach to transformational initiatives such as SDN follows a proven methodology that is grounded in realistic and practical steps based on service innovation, lifecycle approach and project experience in other domains such as Cloud, Data Center, etc.


We at HP like Jim believe it’s important to start planning now, to start your SDN journey now. Being proactive will put you in the driver’s seat. So you can determine the best way to proceed and the right timetable for your organization. Remember, even though SDN represents a new network architecture, the transition doesn’t mean rip and replace. HP’s phased approach lets you embark on your SDN journey at the pace that suits your business and IT needs. You can even take steps to realize “quick-win” improvements now while positioning your organization for longer-term deployment.

Learn more about all of HP’s SDN solutions by visiting 


Yanick Pouffary is the Chief Technologist of HP Network Services and an HP Distinguished Technologist. She works within HP and with our customers to help them successfully adapt and take advantage of the changing world of Internet. Yanick draws upon nearly three decades of experience in the development of networking products, and technologies. She is also HP IPv6 worldwide global leader and an IPv6 Forum Fellow. She is a strategic advisor to governments and enterprises on the topic of IPv6 transition. 


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