SDN App Stores — My Network is not a Phone

Lindsay Hill writes on his blog:

I’ve been thinking a lot about HP’s SDN App Store approach. In case you missed it, HP’s vision is to deliver an App Store for SDN applications, similar to Apple’s App Store. They want to have all SDN applications available in one place, with centralised purchasing and distribution. It will include both HP and 3rd Party-developed applications. HP says:

The HP SDN App Store will be the industry’s first enterprise-ready marketplace for SDN applications. The HP SDN App Store gives developers a robust platform to share their SDN innovations

Lindsay has some interesting points here about the impact of easily installable software causing a huge impact in the network. But I must disagree on one point: I would *totally* download a fart app for my switches.

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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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