Where are we with SDN in May 2015 ?

There is so much to talk about in SDN that I couldn’t finish any of the dozen or so blog posts that I started in the last three weeks. Instead I created a 15 minute Keynote presentation that had the key points that I wanted to blog about.

SNA was Awful. SDN Isn’t Awful (Yet)

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Back in the day, I wasn’t a SNA expert but that was because almost no one was using it. Oh sure, SNA was used by all the big companies to connect their TN5250 terminals to their mainframes using SDLC but back in 1995 there  A) weren’t that many companies who could afford to operate a […]

Big Switch Networks Launches Mature Hardware-Centric Data Centre SDN Solution

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Big Switch Networks (BSN) launches Version 4.0 of Big Cloud Fabric for hardware-centric SDN data centre fabric. The Data Centre Fabric solution clearly shows the maturity gained from 5 years of shipping products while adding innovation in switch hardware through Switch Light operating system. At the same time, they have completed the transition from platform to product. A product that really has what you need in a hardware-centric SDN platform and addresses nearly all of the issues the competitors have not addressed. And it is shipping now.

SDN Started as a Customer Movement (Not a Vendor Innovation)

With the vast marketing budgets from big vendors and their well paid “evangelists”, the startups vying to introduce new methods and the clamour of engineers trying to understand new technology it might be time to pause and remember that Software Defined Networking was a customer-driven initiative. Vendors had to be forced to accept that SDN was a necessary change.