SDN/OpenFlow is about Network Management, at least, in part. But the rich tools for software control dont’ exist. I also think don’t think that todays management _platforms_ (such as Tivoli, OpenView and BMC) are suitable for network orchestration in the future.
Once upon a time, ZoneAlarm was the best personal firewall available. It was free, stable and excellent. I seem to remember using it from 2002-2003 or so – then Zonealarm was acquired by CheckPoint and the product was lost to the retail market. CheckPoint moved the product to corporate desktops and was lost to the […]
Recently, I wrote ConsultoBabble Report for Cloud Deployment of EtherealMind.com wherein I pointed out that Cloud Computing is not cheap. It’s cheap in terms of CapEx, but expensive as OpEx. Over a five year ROI, I’ve never managed to make a significant corporate project come out cheaper with cloud services of any sort. It’s always […]
A lot of people have talked extensively about OpenFlow making significant changes to the networking business. In particular, many writers have focussed on the possibility that OpenFlow enables a choice of using low cost network equipment instead of the expensive networking equipment that we use today.
Well, that’s highly unlikely.
Seth Godin strikes a chord with how I view outsourcing network administration and network operations except that he is talking about offshore call centres being “scalable engines of annoyance”. That’s a brilliant summary of my experience when working with Service Providers using offshore operations. Or customers with outsourced network management.
Couple of days back, Juniper announced acquisition of Mykonos Software. After reviewing the web site I find that I’m interested in this acquisition as signal of change.
Following the OpenFlow/SDN webinar last week, Brad sent me this question:
What does your crystal ball tell you regarding industry acceptance? I can see the Google’s of the world needing this—but what about the average enterprise?
Here is my best effort at answering:
In this post, I’m considering whether the Open Networking Foundation is the correct process for managing and developing the "open standards" for OpenFlow. The Open Networking Foundation is owned and funded by a cabal of large corporations whose requirements for improving their hyper-scale data centres is the primary motivation. But what about the wider marketplace including the Campus and the Enterprise. I also look at what open means at the controller layer.