SDN Journal Authors: TJ Randall, Hollis Tibbetts, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Lori MacVittie

Blog Feed Post

Plexxi Pulse: The Plexxi Channel on SDNCentral

Over the past year or so, we’ve been hard at work with SDNCentral and our various partners showing the new networking frontier in real-world applications. If you head over to our channel at SDNCentral this week, you’ll see that our live demo archive is now available. There you can watch and download our recent demos with Chef, Opscode, SolidFire and others. Check it out and let us know what you think.

In this week’s PlexxiTube video of the week, Dan Backman discusses affinities and the question “do I have to affinitize everything?” with the San Francisco skyline in the background.


WANs a Growing Focus for SDN Vendors

Jeff Burt from eWEEK highlights how WANs are becoming a growing focus for SDN vendors. He points to recent moves by Fujitsu and Viptela, two companies that are the latest examples of organizations offering solutions that apply SDN capabilities to organizations’ WANs. In my opinion, part of why we are seeing more activity outside the datacenter heat up is that the use cases become more specific. Deploying SDN for the sake of deploying SDN is interesting but difficult to justify, particularly as most offerings are fledglings with a subset of functionality of their non-SDN equivalents. People do not deploy SDN. They deploy networks that do something. So long as the value prop is a fuzzy OpEx savings (and most companies don’t instrument their operations well enough to know this), then deployments will be slow. What we are seeing is SDN sliding to an area that is easier to instrument and monetize. This reflects buying behavior. Is SDN in the DC dead? No. But vendors selling it need to be more explicit with what they do.

You Either Love SDN, or You Really Don’t

Not all too surprising, but just because SDN is gaining popularity doesn’t mean that everyone buys into this “new networking nirvana,” as Mitch Wagner puts it in Light Reading. I think people need to get past thinking of SDN as the thing and more about it as the how. Deploying SDN is interesting but it does nothing for the business by itself. Deploying SDN in support of a specific use case? Very different. But then SDN takes the supporting role, not the leading one.

The reality is that the SDN use case has been made largely on overarching statements of either OpEx savings or dynamic control. With the former, until these models are better articulated and customer environments better instrumented, there will continue to be skepticism. On the latter, not everyone needs control. Control matters where you have a scale or rate of change that needs to be addressed.

When vendors shift from general SDN talk to very specific use cases, we will see adoption in broader numbers. But even then, what is being done ought to trump how it is being done.

What Does 2014 Have in Store for the Networking Industry?

Amandeep Dang, a contributor to Light Reading India, asks, “What does 2014 have in store for the networking industry?”

I think the most interesting trend will be how the network will intersect the other major trends mentioned at the outset like Big Data, cloud, and BYOD.

Big Data, for example, screams for coordination with the network. SDN could serve as a means of controlling how applications traverse the network, useful if you don’t want to build out a storage-specific network alongside the rest of your infrastructure.

The companies that manage to bring these together will marry form and function. SDN by itself is interesting but not compelling. In the context of a useful deployment scenario, it becomes magical.

Survey: Many Planning To Use Software-Defined Networking (Whatever That Is)

A new study out this week highlights adoption rates for SDN and upcoming trends for the networking industry. While we focus on SDN, some of the bandwidth trends are potentially more interesting. How can SDN drive up network utilization, for example? Google’s much-talked-about G-Scale implementation of OpenFlow was about getting more utilization out of expensive fiber.

While SDN takes from and center in that discussion, the question is how do people get more out of the network capacity they are buying. It will be interesting to see if this area evolves more quickly over the next few years. Consider that we still basically use the same set of algorithms from the 1950s. Might be ripe for change.

For additional thoughts on Dijkstra’s algorithms, my colleague Mike Bushong wrote about this very topic.

SDN Prompts More Questions than Answers

Jim Duffy of Network World writes that SDN is producing more questions than it is answers. This is a result of the industry prematurely moved from education to hype. We have left a large user base behind who don’t understand and frankly don’t have the time to understand what SDN is really doing.

The science fiction future we paint is so far removed from on-the-ground realities at most places that SDN has become relegated to a buzzword, a marketing term, something for academics or those “companies like Google.”

It doesn’t have to be that way. We need to have more specific conversations. Talking about the whole network makes the problem too big, and it makes it sound like a rip and replace. Do one or two things, but do them well.

John Chambers: Cisco Is Going To Crush VMware

Julie Bort of Business Insider comments on the next chapter in the ongoing saga between Cisco and VMware.

I think the interesting battle between Cisco and VMware isn’t over the network per say. It’s about point of control. If IT silos do collapse as has been predicted forever now, do people enter their infrastructure from the point of view of the server (a la vCenter)? Or do they approach it via the network?

The major competing points of view are less about moving packets and more about applying things like policy. It is not surprising that both VMW and Cisco talk policy.

In my opinion, the most likely outcome is not one or the other. People for whom the business revolves around the apps themselves will start from the server. People for whom the network is the thing will start from the network. Both will do fine. The collateral damage will be everyone else who has point of control aspirations.


The post Plexxi Pulse: The Plexxi Channel on SDNCentral appeared first on Plexxi.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Mat Mathews

Visionary solutions are built by visionary leaders. Plexxi co-founder and Vice President of Product Management Mat Mathews has spent 20 years in the networking industry observing, experimenting and ultimately honing his technology vision. The resulting product — a combination of traditional networking, software-defined networking and photonic switching — represents the best of Mat's career experiences. Prior to Plexxi, Mat held VP of Product Management roles at Arbor Networks and Crossbeam Systems. Mat began his career as a software engineer for Wellfleet Communications, building high speed Frame Relay Switches for the carrier market. Mat holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

@CloudExpo Stories
@DevOpsSummit has been named the ‘Top DevOps Influencer' by iTrend. iTrend processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @DevOpsSummit ranked as the number one ‘DevOps Influencer' followed by @CloudExpo at third, and @MicroservicesE at 24th.
Enterprises have been using both Big Data and virtualization for years. Until recently, however, most enterprises have not combined the two. Big Data's demands for higher levels of performance, the ability to control quality-of-service (QoS), and the ability to adhere to SLAs have kept it on bare metal, apart from the modern data center cloud. With recent technology innovations, we've seen the advantages of bare metal erode to such a degree that the enhanced flexibility and reduced costs that cl...
“Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CloudBerry Backup is a leading cross-platform cloud backup and disaster recovery solution integrated with major public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
In the next forty months – just over three years – businesses will undergo extraordinary changes. The exponential growth of digitization and machine learning will see a step function change in how businesses create value, satisfy customers, and outperform their competition. In the next forty months companies will take the actions that will see them get to the next level of the game called Capitalism. Or they won’t – game over. The winners of today and tomorrow think differently, follow different...
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftNet Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SoftNet Solutions specializes in Enterprise Solutions for Hadoop and Big Data. It offers customers the most open, robust, and value-conscious portfolio of solutions, services, and tools for the shortest route to success with Big Data. The unique differentiator is the ability to architect and ...
A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They’re called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some ...
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
As the world moves toward more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. Serverless computing is revolutionizing computing. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Raghav...
In past @ThingsExpo presentations, Joseph di Paolantonio has explored how various Internet of Things (IoT) and data management and analytics (DMA) solution spaces will come together as sensor analytics ecosystems. This year, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Joseph di Paolantonio from DataArchon, will be adding the numerous Transportation areas, from autonomous vehicles to “Uber for containers.” While IoT data in any one area of Transportation will have a huge impact in that area, combining sensor...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Transparent Cloud Computing (T-Cloud) Consortium will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium (T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data proces...
So you think you are a DevOps warrior, huh? Put your money (not really, it’s free) where your metrics are and prove it by taking The Ultimate DevOps Geek Quiz Challenge, sponsored by DevOps Summit. Battle through the set of tough questions created by industry thought leaders to earn your bragging rights and win some cool prizes.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Niagara Networks will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs.
In his session at Cloud Expo, Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, will provide economic scenarios that describe how the rapid adoption of software-defined everything including cloud services, SDDC and open networking will change GDP, industry growth, productivity and jobs. This session will also include a drill down for several industries such as finance, social media, cloud service providers and pharmaceuticals.
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, will discuss why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue an...
Intelligent machines are here. Robots, self-driving cars, drones, bots and many IoT devices are becoming smarter with Machine Learning. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Sudha Jamthe, CEO of IoTDisruptions.com, will discuss the next wave of business disruption at the junction of IoT and AI, impacting many industries and set to change our lives, work and world as we know it.
SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched. @WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here @WebRTCSummit conference site can be bookmarked ▸ Here
In today's uber-connected, consumer-centric, cloud-enabled, insights-driven, multi-device, global world, the focus of solutions has shifted from the product that is sold to the person who is buying the product or service. Enterprises have rebranded their business around the consumers of their products. The buyer is the person and the focus is not on the offering. The person is connected through multiple devices, wearables, at home, on the road, and in multiple locations, sometimes simultaneously...
Established in 1998, Calsoft is a leading software product engineering Services Company specializing in Storage, Networking, Virtualization and Cloud business verticals. Calsoft provides End-to-End Product Development, Quality Assurance Sustenance, Solution Engineering and Professional Services expertise to assist customers in achieving their product development and business goals. The company's deep domain knowledge of Storage, Virtualization, Networking and Cloud verticals helps in delivering ...
In the 21st century, security on the Internet has become one of the most important issues. We hear more and more about cyber-attacks on the websites of large corporations, banks and even small businesses. When online we’re concerned not only for our own safety but also our privacy. We have to know that hackers usually start their preparation by investigating the private information of admins – the habits, interests, visited websites and so on. On the other hand, our own security is in danger bec...