Brocade has developed three SDN use cases built around an SDN controller and Brocade’s MLXe series routers that are compliant with the recommendations of the Open Networking Foundation.
ACG Research analyzed the TCO, network capital expense (CapEx), network operation expense (OpEx), and labor cost to process service orders of the three use cases. It found that SDN dramatically increases the speed of bringing order processing systems online and the speed of processing individual service orders. The time to set up the order processing system is reduced from one year under the PMO to four months using SDN. The time to process a single order is reduced by a factor of seven. Though direct costs of building and operating the network are reduced by using SDN the majority of the business benefit of SDN is derived from speeding up and reducing the cost of the service order process.
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