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With partial SDN deployment, no need for a full rip-and-replace

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Marco Canini, assistant professor at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium

In researching methods for greater network dependability, Marco Canini, an assistant professor at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, found answers in software-defined networking. But this exciting new technology also posed a fundamental challenge: SDN might require a complete network re-architecture. In that case, why would anybody invest?

It was this quandary that lead Canini to research partial SDN deployment that would let engineers run both traditional and SDN switching in the same environment. The result is Panopticon, an SDN architecture that requires only one SDN switch in each source-destination path to create network programmability that is comparable to a full SDN network.

Check out Canini's story and learn more about Panopticon's partial SDN deployment method.

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