Taiwan SDN Symposium
To assist Taiwan’s information communications manufacturers, and to achieve a better understanding of the SDN’s (Software-Defined Networking) most recent standards and trends, the MOEA’s Committee of Communications Industry Development worked together with the Institute for Information Industry (III), the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Chiaotung University and Chunghwa Telecom, under the supervision of MOEA’s Industrial Development Bureau and Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT), to hold the “2013 International SDN Symposium Taiwan” at Chiaotung University in Hsinchu, on December 9. Invited guests included the Executive Director of the SDN’s Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Dan Pitt, to share SDN’s most recent developments and trends. Also invited as honored guests were President Fu Kuei Chung of CHT’s Data Communications Business Group, and local and international manufacturers from NTT, Pica8, Google, Spirent, Okinawa Open Lab, and MediaTek. The Forum focused on discussion of issues such as examples of International SDN application, technology development strategies, and market business opportunities. The sharing and interaction of information within the Symposium showed how industrial, government and academic fields could work together to promote Taiwan’s SDN industry, and create business opportunities for industries.
“I had a wonderful time in Taiwan attending and participating in the SDN Symposium,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “The enthusiastic and creative support of SDN here is remarkable, and we are looking forward to continued growth and widespread adoption in Taiwan as well as the entire APAC region.”
The increase in mobile appliances, cloud computing services and internet communications, shows that the 4G broadband era has arrived in full force. SDN technology, which allows the internet to become virtual, concentrated and programmed, is seen as the technological focus of the future communications industry. This will bring new business opportunities for software and hardware manufacturers: create breakthrough developments within load balancing, internet security management, and information engineering management. The developments will change the traditional vertical value chain of the communications industry, and re-organize the internet facility industry into a horizontal PC-based chain. Moreover, the 4G network can utilize SDN technology to efficiently virtualize the Carrier Network, reducing OPEX and CAPEX, and enhance internet efficiency.
Due to the swift development of SDN technologies, ITRI, CHT and III have reached out to telecommunications operators, as well as manufacturers of system integration, software development, internet facilities, and chip design, to form the “SDN Alliance” in October. The Alliance will help Taiwan to accelerate the creation of its own independent technological SDN solution, and work together to enter the international internet market.
Apart from ONF (Open Networking Foundation), other international standard organizations related to SDN include: ITU, ETSI, and IETF (as well as open-source software project Open Daylight). ONF is currently the SDN driver and has the most organizations, numbering over 120 members, and its board members include Google, Verizon, NTT Communications, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, and Goldman Sachs. Its other members include international operators and manufacturers of internet facilities, software services, and chip design. ONF leads the way in designating criteria for industrial SDN structure and Open Flow standards; its goal for standard establishment is to realize mass utilization of SDN.
According to the “SDN Market Size Forecast” jointly pronounced by SDN Central and Lightspeed Venture Partners, the SDN market scale in 2013 is shown to have produced USD15 billion, and it is estimated that it will expand swiftly in the next five years, to reach a SDN market value of USD 36 billion in 2018.
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