Clippy Explains Software Defined Networking

Christ Wahl at the Wahl Network comments:

I see lots of wildly varying ways of defining software defined networking (see what I did there?) that don’t seem to jive. The press especially seem to have zero clue exactly what it is, and if we’re honest with ourselves, most IT professionals don’t either.

Rather than lament on this fact further, I reached out to a good friend of mine that I’m sure you have met. Infamous for his completely unwanted advice popping up into your screen, the hero of Microsoft Office, Clippy, accepted my meeting request and agreed to be quoted “on the record” about how the phrase software defined networking should actually be used going forward.

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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