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Don't Let SDN Infatuation Go To Your Head
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cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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1/17/2014 | 9:08:46 PM
SDN -- not if, but when
The future of the data center -- and the network -- is to become a more programmable, software-defined and software-controlled entity. I lean toward the better-be-thinking-about-this school than the skeptics advice that there's no there, there yet. It's not a question of if, but when.
sam masud
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sam masud,
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1/19/2014 | 3:27:33 PM
Re: SDN -- not if, but when
Agree that it's only a matter of time, but it seems that right now it's really the deep-pocketed industry players, e.g., Google, who have in-house tech expertise who are deploying SDN. In Google case, it's for interconnecting data center. Also, Alcatel-Lucent's SDN venture, Nuage, just recently announced that the Nuage SDN solution has been selected for a backup network in the University of Pittsburgh's Medical Center. The fact that UPMC's is first going to use SDN for as a backup network tells me it's taking a cautious approach.
steveharriman
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steveharriman,
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1/24/2014 | 5:19:07 PM
Re: SDN -- not if, but when
Agree Charles. SDN offers too many compelling business benefits (costs savings the least of them) to be ignored and Cisco has most to lose. However, as with any new technology and in this case, a true paradigm shift, management is key. SDN/NFV will not gain broad adoption in the enterprise until manageability is addressed. The management ISV community needs to be engaged. Some related commentary here: http://bit.ly/1jLeaOk.
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jgherbert,
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1/29/2014 | 10:50:36 PM
Market Adoption
"When the big technology companies, such as AT&T, Amazon, and Google, make their choices, it will bring a level of discipline to the market"

The only thing is, at least two of these three if not all three have the resources and skills to create their own customized solutions rather than neccesarily having to make any choices from the commercial offerings you and I might be considering. If they go "white box", should we follow? Perhaps not, unless we also have their controller code...
sam masud
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sam masud,
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1/30/2014 | 9:33:52 AM
Re: Market Adoption
You'll not get any argument from me on that because these hi-tech companies have resources that others don't--including many enterprise customers whose core business might be manufacturing or something else. Of course, the SMBs have even less resources.

The white box "solution" is a related but different issue. I don't know how it will pan out, but here's a crazy, or perhaps not so crazy thought: what if systems integrators/VARs were to get into the business of tailoring white boxes (either servers or switches or both) for the commercial market?

 

 


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