I was part of panel at Interop New York on the topic of “Will SDN make homeless ?” which was spirited Packet Pushers style discussion on the impact on SDN on our careers. Brent Salisbury, Michele Chubrika and Ethan Banks are my co-panelists and Eric Hanselman from 451 Research does a fine job in attempting to moderate us. -grin-
The hour-long session ranged over a host of issues, including how SDN will require more cooperation across IT silos, whether network virtualization will tilt the balance of power toward the server team, and what network professionals need to do to take ownership of SDN, including developing new skills.
I’d like to especially draw your attention to a section at 8:15 where in response to a question from the audience “Who do you think will evolve quicker, the server guys or network guys” where I point out the Intel server brigade have finally caught up with network virtualization and once again network needs to advance into the fourth generation of virtualization technology.
Networking is not “behind”, it’s so far in front of server needs that its embarrassing to make fun of them.
Will SDN Make Me Homeless? – Network Computing
I don’t believe that SDN will cost less than existing networking but the price on existing network hardware & software assets must fall to compensate for the extra costs of SDN platforms and increased speed of hardware replacement in the years ahead.
The most common prediction about SDN is that networking will get cheaper. In fact, IT will spend the same as it always has on networking, but the money will be allocated in different ways. Meanwhile, market pressures will force traditional vendors such as Cisco to adopt new revenue models.
SDN Doesn’t Mean Cheaper Networking – Network Computing