You might think it's the height of marketing cynicism, but really, the 'SDN' ports on MRV's new packet-optical gear really are meant for SDN. It's a nod to the company's choice to not chase every aspect of the SDN market.
News of the week: Facebook's home-grown switch makes waves; NTT's virtual switch goes open-source; OpenDaylight schedules a mini-summit for August; and Lyatiss changes to CloudWeaver and expands beyond Amazon.
NFV and OpenStack were big topics at the Big Telecom Event, and that was reflected in the news announcements and demos at the show. Here are snippets from Huawei, RAD Data, Overture, Amartus, and Telco Systems.
In acquiring Tail-f for $175M, Cisco says it's gaining some multivendor support for NFV provisioning — and Cisco says it's serious about the 'multivendor' aspect. Even so, customers might not be doing cartwheels over the deal.
Policy-based networking (think Cisco ACI), a Yang-based configuration model, a full Layer 0-7 topology model — Google wants them all, and it's enlisting help to make them open-source.
NFV needs to be done right if it's to be the fuel for some major telecom changes, says Axel Clauberg of DT. Speaking at the Big Telecom Event, he explained DT's goals and some of his worries for the ecosystem.
Cisco keeps promising to be 'open' in all matters SDN, and here's it's chance to prove it. Tail-f, whose Netconf-based network configuration won the hearts of AT&T and DT, is getting glommed into the Cloud and Virtualization Group.
By reaching into servers as well as telecom gear, Cyan sets itself up for NFV orchestration and other carrier WAN services.
The major cloud players, including Amazon and Microsoft, engaged in some serious cost-cutting earlier this year. Google is starting to bring out new features in hopes of finding some new competitive leverage. First up: global HTTP load balancing.
John Chambers' speculated retirement from Cisco leads this week's news roundup ... also: VMware's NSX pricing, a PoC for distributed NFV, a demo of VXLAN at 40G, and Ciena's newest packet-optical play.
Huawei's Justin Dustzadeh, speaking at a Linley Group event on carrier networks, says service providers want SDN to open up a best-of-breed approach as opposed to, oh, I don't know, something like Cisco ONE.
Orchestration, control, connectivity — it's all going to blend into one big services layer, Brocade thinks. The future it envisions involves a pool of SDN and NFV elements that applications could gather at will.
Network virtualization will top the SDN news out of HP Discover. That might not be earth-shattering, but HP officials say the point is that their SDN story has stayed consistent as the company has brought more pieces to market.
To the outside world, Prodip Sen's departure as ETSI NFV chair seems abrupt, but a source close to ETSI insists it's a calculated effort that began in April and will help set up NFV for its next phase in 2015 and beyond.
In this week's SDN/NFV news roundup: Telefónica wants NFV 'instantly,' OpenDaylight gets bigger, Cisco gains even more bragging rights, and Ericsson makes a move on the server market.