Sound gross, doesn't it? The idea is to get a dialogue started about SDN's role in the radio-access network, a topic likely to be featured during Friday's mobile-network sessions at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress.
Large carriers are ready for SDN, but getting the right technology — and implementing it in a way that doesn't wipe out existing revenue — is going to be tricky. In contrasting perspectives, Deutsche Telekom and British Telecom explained the...
Moving set-top functions into the cloud is harder than it sounds, apparently. Telefónica is ready to go with the plan, but some of the accompanying functions will require a little more time, partner NEC says at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress.
After saying 'no' so many times, the ONF has relented and will at least look at what a northbound API should eoncompass. Whether a standard comes out of it will depend on the recommendations of the new Northbound Interface working group.
Creators of the Xen hypervisor have turned their eyes toward software-defined storage. Coho uses off-the-shelf parts, including an SDN switch, to make enterprise storage more agile and less of a monolithic 5-year product.
The last of the MIPS holdouts in the embedded-processor space, Broadcom has moved its latest multicore processor design to ARM, giving that company a promising foothold in network functions virtualization (NFV).
Infinera, Broadcom, and ESnet have demonstrated their latest work on multilayer SDN, showing provisioning and optimization that highlights the ONF Open Transport Switch. It's work that moves optical networks and SDN a little closer together.
Sonus virtualizes its session border controller, coming up with what might be an interesting NFV example to watch; IBM patents a virtual-machine-moving application; and Big Switch strengthens ties to the OpenFlow haven that is Japan.
Big companies have a track record of trying to 'out-advocacy' each other, and that's why OpenDaylight continues to fall under suspicion in some quarters. One VP at Canonical wonders if the Ubuntu community could do it better.
Not all SDN applications will be completely new. The first waves will take a basic focus: creating parity between 'SDN' and existing networking gear. That's a good thing, as a look into some Layer 7-aware applications reveals
In this week's news roundup: Microsoft states the case for Hyper-V and NVGRE against VMware's NSX; OpenDaylight grows again; Pivotal acquires its way into mobile applications; Alcatel-Lucent gathers NFV partners
Two announcements show how SDN and NFV might become the norm in certain product areas. Transmode gets serious (and standards-based) about multilayer provisioning, while RAD moves NFV to the customer edge.
Telcos' OSS and BSS systems don't exactly have a hip, up-to-date image. That's going to become a problem as SDN emerges, upending everything the old software knows about the network.
Stop arguing about whether vendor-driven openness counts as truly 'open,' In the eyes of Margaret Chiosi of AT&T, any openness is good — but it has to provide something more, and that's one thing today's SDN is missing
Maybe so. The Interop keynotes didn't enlighten much, if you're already on the SDN bandwagon, but they reinforced the idea that what we're calling 'SDN' will be normal networking someday — a transition that's actually hard to overstate.