Friesty Reliability Assurance Framework for SDN
The startup, Friesty, initially launched in Daejeon, Korea, earlier this year. Its founder and chief executive, Ki-Hyuk Nam, was on hand at the Open Networking Summit here today to promote it.
He has built software to inspect the code of applications meant to run on software-defined networks (SDN), like firewalls, load balancers, and other elements that can be programmed and controlled easily.
“It’s well known in software engineering that if you detect errors at the development stage, then it’s less than one-hundredth of the cost [of fixing an accident] than after the deployment,” Nam told VentureBeat. So it makes sense to do something similar for network applications. Nam said he came up with the idea while working at Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute.
Nam faces a number of challenges as he scales the business. Most networks in existence today move data around using proprietary operating systems on expensive data center hardware. SDN architectures pull out the control of the hardware and typically run it on standard servers. That opens up many interesting opportunities, but SDN is still nascent . Vendors like Cisco and VMware are in the early stages of commercialization. The average SDN startup today has a handful of customers.
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