Curling is a sport that involves people tossing a rock down an ice rink and then using brooms to guide it’s path. That’s a pretty apt description for employer changes in the SDN/OpenFlow space in the last few months.
David Ward was leading the SDN portfolio at Juniper. Rumour has it that John Chambers saw a video of his presentation at ONF 2011 and told staffers to do whatever it takes to get him back to Cisco. Several large numbers later, David Ward is now at Cisco leading the Programmable Networking push into Service Providers.
David Meyers who was leading the Cisco SDN push has left Cisco for Brocade in todays announcement from Brocade. This is a significant advance for Brocade’s SDN efforts since he has a long history in the Service Provider space and heavily involved with ONF from the earliest day.
Still. Although vendors can’t find a use case for SDN we still need lots of executives to find them.
Discussion of Brocade Software Defined Networking Use Cases at Network Field Day 4.
David Ward, then at Juniper – speaking in Packet Pushers OpenFlow Symposium in Oct 2011.
David Meyer, then at Cisco, speaking in Packet Pushers OpenFlow Symposium in Oct 2011.