Only a few days ‘til I head out to the glittering lights of Vegas to attend Interop. If you are interested in networking, this is one of the highlights of the year for you as it marks one of the major events for announcements. So many in fact that you may have a hard time keeping up with all of them! Keep in mind that is a good thing.
As one might expect, SDN will continue to be a major theme. However, as the market matures, expect to hear about how many of the SDN announcements of 2013 are materializing into working products with actual customers testing them. So, most likely this means that 2014 will be a really busy year for proof of concept testing and pilots. Not only are the building blocks for SDN materializing, but we are also witnessing more SDN “applications” coming to market as well – for the data center, campus and branch. A big part of some of the announcements last year in SDN related to ecosystems and how the collection of vendors would work together to develop end-to-end solutions – this is a good check in point to find out how those are developing. To use an iPhone analogy, this allows us essentially to find out how many SDN apps are in the app store. The SDN finalists include Cisco’s ACI APIC, VMware’s NSX and the OpenDaylight Project Hydrogen release. HP has an SDN app – a network optimizer for Microsoft Lync, as a finalist in the network category.