White Paper
The Evolution of NCCM Platforms in the Era of SDN and Network Virtualization
Date: 04/17/2017 Length: 5 pages Cost: $99.00

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Software-defined networking (SDN) is not hype. Enterprises are testing, evaluating, and deploying the technology today. SDN adds new network elements, new abstractions, new protocols, and new device relationships to data center networks. To ensure that enterprises succeed with SDN, network management tools must evolve to support these new architectures.  
Network configuration and change management (NCCM) tools have an important role to play in future SDN operations. Many of the network management and operations challenges that SDN presents to enterprises are addressable by NCCM platforms, as long as those platforms evolve to work with SDN. SDN makes networks much more dynamic and automated. As enterprises use SDN programmability to rapidly provision and deprovision network services for applications, their networks will be constantly changing. While SDN automates many aspects of networking, enterprises will still need a tool to manage and audit the configurations of SDN architecture. A traditional NCCM tool is best positioned to meet this requirement, but NCCM must evolve to support these new architectures. This white paper explores how NCCM tools should adapt to SDN. It also explores how HP Software’s NCCM solution, HP Network Automation (NA), is adapting to SDN and leveraging integrations with other HP management tools to offer enterprises state-of-the-art network operations options for their SDN endeavors. 

Shamus McGillicuddy


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