NSPs Shine at ONS 2013

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.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking mobile ONS Open Networking Summit software-defined networking SDN OpenFlow

Will ONS Help SDN Cross the Chasm?

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.

Topics: 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

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

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 www.opendaylight.org. 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.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking software-defined networking SDN OpenFlow OpenDaylight

HP wants to Make it Matter

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.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure HP software-defined networking SDN OpenFlow

Software-defined Security?

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.

Topics: 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

On to Interop 2012

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:

Topics: IBM Microsoft Cisco IT Infrastructure VMware Networking Juniper HP Dell SDN Intel Interop ONF NEC VXLAN OpenFlow Brocade Enterasys Extreme QFabric

Open Networking Summit 2012 Plays to a Packed House

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.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking HP Open Networking Summit Plexxi Vello software-defined networking SDN Intel Verizon ADARA Nicira OpenFlow NTT

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

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.

Topics: Cisco IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking HP Compute Juniper Networks software-defined networking Extreme Networks OpenFlow Arista Networks

More Thoughts on Software-Defined Networking

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.

Topics: IBM Cisco IT Infrastructure Juniper HP Insieme Gigamon VXLAN OpenFlow Brocade QFabric

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

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.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking software-defined networking SDN OpenFlow