There's still a fair amount of naysaying when it comes to SDN, though. Respondents who said their companies had no plans to consider SDN reported that they saw no apparent reason for doing so, and that there is still too little information about the benefits.
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Amy Talbott is an associate editor at TechRepublic. She edits CXO, mobility, and open source content, as well as research reports for Tech Pro Research.