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NSPs Shine at ONS 2013

Posted: April 19, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Networking, mobile, ONS, Open Networking Summit, software-defined networking, SDN, OpenFlow

We attended Open Networking Summit 2013 this week at the Santa Clara convention center and I wanted to share a few takeaways for the network service provider space, and Bob Laliberte may do the same for enterprise and data center. Related, Wayne Pauley covered openstack-analyst-day-4152013-portland-oregon/index.html" target="_blank">OpenStack in Portland, Oregon.

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Will ONS Help SDN Cross the Chasm?

Posted: April 12, 2013   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Juniper, HP, Security and Privacy, Security, ONS, openstack, software-defined networking, SDN, ONF, Nicira, VXLAN, OpenFlow, LAN & WAN, Arista Networks

The RSA security conference was once limited to discussions around encryption algorithms and cryptography, attracting a limited and highly technical audience. Likewise, VMworld was once a Mecca for software developers and testers only.

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Major IT & Networking Vendors Collaborate on New OpenDaylight Initiative to Fend Off SDN Fragmentation

Posted: April 08, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Networking, software-defined networking, SDN, OpenFlow, OpenDaylight

SDN’s promise of dynamic, programmable networks to support new applications like VM mobility remain, but a plethora of competing vendors’ SDN marketing hype has been muddying the waters on defining SDN -its vision, roadmap, and deployment timescale. While small SDN islands already exist today, ‘plug and play’ type interoperability was unlikely despite the OpenFlow ‘protocol.' So by taking a page from the open Linux platform’s development, a flock of systems vendors have launched OpenDaylight to build an open SDN platform in a transparent and collaborative environment overseen by the non-profit Linux Foundation. Membership to the OpenDaylight project is open to those willing to donate software and engineering prowess to develop an open source SDN platform. Founding members include Big Switch Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, IBM, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Red Hat, and VMware. Other initial contributors include Arista Networks, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Nuage Networks, and PLUMgrid; most companies' preliminary contributions are outlined in the press release at Projects and donations include open controllers, protocol plug-ins, and switch device enhancements with a first code release expected 3Q13.

The service provider driven Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is doing a commendable job of advancing the principles, promise, and benefits of SDN, but the unexpected tsunami of interest in SDN, although welcomed, has led to an SDN bubble destined to pop. Allowing the market to decide on the best SDN solution isn’t necessarily the most expeditious or cost effective approach. Collaborative central planning within the SDN ecosystem could yield better results.

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HP wants to Make it Matter

Posted: March 11, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure, HP, software-defined networking, SDN, OpenFlow

Last week I attended the HP Industry Analyst Summit, a two day event in Boston to tell industry analysts what is going on at HP. This year’s summit had a very different feeling from the last one I attended two years ago.

The differences were clear right from the beginning. Meg Whitman took the stage and gave a forthright and honest assessment of where HP was and what they needed to do. A couple of key takeaways included her bringing back some of the founder's culture – more specifically, HP innovation. This year they actually increased the R&D budget and are dedicated to driving more innovation from within HP. She also admitted that there is still more work to do and laid out their 5 year plan (now one year into it). Most refreshing was her energy and genuine enthusiasm for HP, something that, throughout the week, one couldn’t help but notice seemed to permeate through the entire company.

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Software-defined Security?

Posted: August 27, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Check Point, Cisco, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Security and Privacy, Amazon, google, VMworld, Juniper Networks, Firewall, SDN, Nicira, OpenFlow, crossbeam systems, Public Cloud Service

Security continues to be a major hurdle for server virtualization and cloud computing so we are likely to hear a lot of cybersecurity buzz coming out of VMworld this week.

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On to Interop 2012

Posted: May 07, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Networking, Juniper, HP, Dell, SDN, Intel, Interop, ONF, NEC, VXLAN, OpenFlow, Brocade, Enterasys, Extreme, QFabric

I'll be on an airplane in a few hours bound for Las Vegas and Interop 2012. Here's what I'm expecting at the show:

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Open Networking Summit 2012 Plays to a Packed House

Posted: April 19, 2012   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Networking, HP, Open Networking Summit, Plexxi, Vello, software-defined networking, SDN, Intel, Verizon, ADARA, Nicira, OpenFlow, NTT

This week I attended the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara with 900 of my closest friends. Okay, maybe I am contributing to the hype around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) with a statement like that. It wasn't 900, there were only 899 in attendance (over 100 on a waiting list) and they were not all my friends, but I did meet a lot of really smart people and had a lot of great conversations. Those in attendance ranged from network engineers from large health care providers, senior executives from large service providers, hardware and software vendors, and more than a few venture capital and money management firms. The show seemed to be a good mix of speaking sessions that covered existing implementations, tools, vision for the future etc., as well as expo/demo time to review offerings and better understand the current state of commercially available solutions.

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What I Like About HP's Virtual Application Network (VAN) Announcement

Posted: April 10, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cisco, IT Infrastructure, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, HP, Compute, Juniper Networks, software-defined networking, Extreme Networks, OpenFlow, Arista Networks

Pity poor legacy networks. There's a tremendous amount of change going on with everything that connects to networks - mobile devices, virtual hosts, cloud computing applications- but networks have remained static, inflexible, and technically esoteric. This dichotomy leads to a situation that ESG calls "network discontinuity"-legacy networks just can't keep up with modern business and technical requirements.

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More Thoughts on Software-Defined Networking

Posted: April 05, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, Juniper, HP, Insieme, Gigamon, VXLAN, OpenFlow, Brocade, QFabric

In preparation for the Open Networking Summit (ONS) in a few weeks, ESG networking guru Bob Laliberte and I have been talking to networking vendors, end-users, VCs, even actual OpenFlow shops. Here's what I'm thinking at this point.

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How Will SDN and OpenFlow Impact Your Network? Find Out at ONS

Posted: March 26, 2012   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Networking, software-defined networking, SDN, OpenFlow

While OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are gaining traction in large telco and cloud service providers, many networking teams are still unsure of these technologies and how they will impact their environment. This is supported by recent ESG research that indicated a low familiarity with Open Flow technology-less than 1/3rd of respondents were familiar with it. Given its relatively short time in the market, that probably is not a surprise to many of you.

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