Brocade Fireside Chat – Brocade Open SDN & Interoperability in Networking
What is Brocade Open SDN? One of the biggest benefits of new networking technologies is their promise to “open” the network up — to support more programmability, orchestration, and innovation. So, it’s not a surprise that “open” always comes up when discussing software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). But what does “open SDN” or “open NFV” really mean?
- Is it about consolidating on “open” standards?
- Is it leveraging “open” source solutions?
- Is it creating “open” application programming interfaces?
- Is it ensuring a solution is “open” to interoperate within any environment?
In a lot of ways, it is all of these things, which is why “open SDN” can be such a powerful and meaningless term at the same time. To get some clarity around it from a vendor’s perspective, I recently sat down with Kelly Herrell, the VP and general manager of Brocade’s software networking business unit, and asked him what he thought “open” meant.