As an early SDN pioneer, NEC was one of the initial supporters of OpenFlow. In 2011, NEC became the first company to market a commercial-grade OpenFlow product with its ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite. Now, SDxCentral introduces the NEC Channel, a curated space to help educate networking professionals about NEC’s software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) activities.
As performance and scaling requirements of applications outpace traditional networking’s capacity, NEC argues the legacy network has become not only a technological hindrance but also a business inhibitor. This is particularly true in the data center, where VM mobility, VLAN management, and the need for multitenancy have exposed traditional networking’s inherent limitations.
NEC believes SDN is the key for businesses to take on a broad away of challenges such as manually intensive network processes, greater bandwidth needs, better access to geographically dispersed apps and data, increased network complexity, and required visibility for better security. Integrated orchestration, open and programmable networking, and unified, consistent network policy are key benefits delivered by NEC. Its ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite leverages the OpenFlow protocol to enable network virtualization and allow customers to easily deploy, control, monitor, and manage multitenant network infrastructure.
Aiming to help educate the market about different approaches of key vendors, SDxCentral Channels provide aggregated content so network operators and practitioners quickly can come up to speed on vendor-specific SDN topics without having to search and sift for relevant information. The new NEC Channel features sections on:
- Current NEC news and information
- Educational content ranging from The Business Value of SDN, with featured analyst Gartner, to a technical deep-dive on ProgrammableFlow, to a new white paper on attacking DMZ security issues with SDN, authored by ESG
- Case studies taken from NEC’s 100+ global SDN deployments
- ProgrammableFlow SDN product literature, solution briefs, and white papers
NEC has teamed with a myriad of partners to create a supporting SDN ecosystem for ProgrammableFlow. The NEC Channel will include features about how ProgrammableFlow works with partners such as Microsoft and VMware, even as the company continues to build ecosystems of application vendors that use open standards to implement SDN.
Check out the NEC Channel to learn about how to achieve more dynamic control of your network. The channel currently features a short video highlighting the ProgrammableFlow Unified Network Coordinator (UNC) — which won Best of Interop 2014 in Management — in addition to a host of other OpenFlow and ProgrammableFlow resources. Be sure to check back often as we update the channel with current offerings.