In this fireside chat, I sit down with Kelly Herrell of Brocade to discuss the top trends in SDN and NFV today. Herrell talks about the biggest drivers on the hardware side and the software side, and how the trend toward openness is affecting the rest of the network.
As vice president and general manager of Brocade’s software business networking unit and former CEO of open network startup Vyatta (acquired by Brocade in 2012), Herrell has had a front row seat since SDN and NFV first emerged to begin one of the most disruptive times in networking technology.
On the hardware front, Herrell talks about how powerful Intel silicon released in 2010 has led to a 1,000X improvement in throughput performance on stock x86 servers. He highlights the ramifications of that for the rest of the network.
On the software front, Herrell notes how virtualization has led to a cascading trend of infrastructure responsibility moving into the server. “For every physical device we’ve seen outside the server in the past — routers, firewalls, VPNs, load balancers, WAN optimization, etc. — there is a virtual machine mirror image that’s happening inside the server too,” he says.
Finally, he discusses how the separation between networking software and hardware has ushered in an era of choice from which there is no going back.
Check out the fireside chat today and listen to Herrell’s take on top trends in SDN and NFV today to help inform your organization’s strategy for the immediate future:
To continue this video interview series with Kelly Herrell, watch part 2 where Kelly covers open SDN and interoperability in networking.