The future of networking will be defined by software. That was the overriding theme after the first day of the inaugural Open Networking Summit, a conference dedicated to software-defined networking (SDN)and OpenFlow, the open source API defined to enable multivendor switches and routers to be programmable.
The VAR Guy’s head is spinning. Just about every major networking company — Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) and more — claims to lead the software-defined networking (SDN) market. That leadership either involves shipping products, overall vision or both.
Software-defined networking (SDN) is already poised to be a major trend in 2014. But software-defined strorage, a similar technology, may join it, if the explosive growth of open source storage platforms Ceph and GlusterFS over the last year is any indication.
With OpenDaylight software-defined networking, rivals and users are united by open source to create software-defined networking for everyone. Believe it or not, the group's already made great progress and more is in store
For years, the traditional model in networking was for much of the work to be done in hardware. But with the rise of cloud computing and virtualization, and the need for networks to become more agile and flexible than ever, a trend is beginning to take hold to take networking in the same direction that computing has gone.
Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) is set to promote its software-defined networking (SDN) strategy at the company’s Global Partner Conference this week in Las Vegas. But can Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson and his lieutenants stand out from SDN moves by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), VMware (NYSE: VMW), Brocade Networks (NASDAQ: BRCD) and more?