May 10, 2013
While almost every vendor at Interop this year was marketing SDN, it remains clear that the industry has yet to settle on a clear or concise definition of what SDN really is. What was evident though and consistent with my belief, is that SDN will allow for a new generation of platforms, and the real value to the market will be the applications that are created on top.
Vendors showcased solutions ranging from storage over SDN, to security, to cloud enablement—such as Jeda Networks who is using SDN for storage, Dell’s new S5000 converged server access box, and Arista’s best of show 7500E. We also saw an increase in emphasis on how vendors will test interoperability and work in a hybrid environment with legacy networks.
I continue to believe that SDN is a natural evolution in networking, something that had to happen in order to scale the network, and the network engineers that run it, as growth in applications outpaced what a human could do in provisioning those applications.
As we head into the second half of 2013, I expect to see Cloud Providers continuing to drive the bulk of deployments, but I think many enterprise class use cases will begin to drive SDN into the enterprise as we look towards 2014.