3 Reasons Why APIs Are Critical for Software Defined Networking (SDN) Success
Historically, the networking landscape has been built on a foundation of proprietary, vendor-locked network architectures. Fast forward a few decades, and now, we’ve come to realize that perhaps that is not the best way to go about designing a modern-day network. In the last few years, we’ve seen the shift from hardware centric to software centric, finding the sweet spot somewhere in the middle with hybrid deployments.
However, there’s no contesting the fact that Software Defined Networking (SDN) is widely adopted and picking up more steam – this is because it gives teams the flexibility they craved in their previous, rigid network set up. SDN opened the door for communication between products from any vendor within one network, which makes it easy for administrators to step back and let the network run. They can set a centralized policy that can be distributed to all the equipment in the data center or across the WAN.
Behind the scenes, though, are key elements that make this possible… APIs. Without them, trying to implement SDN frameworks or reap the full benefits of SDN would be impossible. Here are three key reasons why:
Interoperability: APIs make it possible to breakdown the boundaries between different vendor technologies. For example, with APIs, controllers can push configuration and state to network devices like switches and routers or pass information between the controller and other applications like IP address information, network orchestration information, and key virtualization information.
Automation: APIs give users the power and flexibility to quickly automate tasks, saving time for managing and running the network rather than wasting time completing repeatable, routine tasks.
Extensibility: Open APIs make it easier to make your network extensible – meaning, it takes low effort to extend and implement an extension of your network. In other words, it helps future-proof your network architecture
At Benu, we are focused on enabling our customers to fit our products seamlessly into their network and use our products as they see fit, which means building our APIs with open standards and exposing our APIs in a way that makes it easy to understand and use. Plus, all our products are designed to enhance interoperability and extensibility, so you can blend best-of-breed solutions to build out an unbeatable network.