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Software-defined Networks

Software-defined networks refer to specific types of networking architecture that differ from more generalized networks in that they separate the control planes and data plans. The advantage of this type of network is that it centralizes certain functions of the network. Network intelligence and network state are two common examples. This allows for more efficient use of networking infrastructure by cloud-based applications.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Software-defined Networks

Small businesses may find that the use of software-defined networks is better for them than traditional networks that have a distributed control plane, as SDNs allow for the creation of virtual networks. These types of networks are more efficient for certain types of operations, such as virtual machine managers, which allow for data centers to upgrade one section of their system and have it reflect across the entire network.

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