With all the expectations and hype that surround software-defined networkings, it’s easy to get a little jaded. But that misses the massive impact it’s had for enterprise networks. In this piece, Tom Hollingsworth rightly points out that this programmability is no longer a new feature that network engineers are excited about. Instead, it’s become a staple of the modern data center, one that increasingly organizations depend on.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a paradigm shift. But it has been looking for a real use-case for the technology that combines increased software function, analytics, and unprecedented control over hardware resources. Automation and orchestration certainly show off the potential of the technology, but something more concrete is necessary to make it hit home with engineers and architects. That’s where Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) comes into play.
Now that we’re into December, my spouse as a distressing habit of letting me know how many days until Christmas. Now Christmas and me, we’ve got a pretty chill relationship. I watch White Christmas every year, enjoy the banal simplicity of “Feliz Navidad”, and in general keep my Grinchier inclinations at bay for the holiday season. […]
Nutanix has a big pile of IPO money just sitting around, and Tom Hollingsworth knows what they should do with it: buy Plexxi. Now Plexxi might not be the hottest company in the world, but I like Tom’s logic. Nutanix is all about their over-the-top software defined network offering, they really . don’t care about […]
Drew Conry-Murray of Packet Pushers comments: Verizon has announced the production deployment of an OpenStack-based infrastructure platform for network functions virtualization (NFV) offerings. The provider took pains to clarify that the announcement is just about the infrastructure that will run virtualized network functions; it’s not about the functions themselves. The NFV part of that story has yet […]
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is the biggest buzzword in networking today. At the Open Networking Summit (ONS), it became clear that it’s more than just a buzzword. Here’s a quick primer on what you need to think about if you’re considering implmenting SDN.
Matt Oswalt of Keeping It Classless comments: I’d like to briefly express a sentiment that I pondered after listening to another one of Ivan’s great podcasts, specifically regarding the true value of a software-defined network approach. The statement was made that ACLs are terrible representations of business policy. This is not inaccurate, but the fact remains […]
Ethan Banks of The Peering Introvert comments: If I was evaluating SD-WAN, I’d be asking these questions and more in the exploration phase. Then if I moved into a trial phase, I’d make a long list of specific business goals to meet and application behaviors to expect when implementing the solution. And then I’d get medieval, breaking it […]
Ryan Adrima of Techvangelist writes: A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a Silicon Valley event hosted by Meru Networks called SDN Connect Live as part of a panel of professionals discussing the future of SDN as it pertains to Wi-Fi. Each of us offered a point of view a bit different than the others […]
Matt Oswalt of Keeping It Classless comments: I’d like to write about five things that you as a hardcore, operations-focused network engineer can do to evolve your skillsets, and take advantage of some of the methodologies that have for so long given huge benefits to the software development community. I won’t be showing you how […]