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7 SDN Innovations

Industry experts weigh in on the most innovative software-defined networking technology they've seen so far this year, including SD-WAN, ONOS, and OpenConfig.

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SDN

Thank you to all the experts who helped us with this project. Community members, have you seen any other SDN technologies this year that have impressed you as innovative? What do you think of the ones included here? 

Impressive SDN Application Diversity

 

Interesting to see all of the innvoative applications of an SDN architecture for everything from a global WAN to private/public/hybrid data centers and even micro-segmentation.  SDN seems to have legs and quite a diverse set of applications.

Curious if anyone thinks there a "killer app" for SDN.

Thanks for pulling this list together.

Michael

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

Thanks for chiming in here, WoodCast. I've seen a handful of references to "killer apps" for SDN, including Lync, which Tom Hollingsworth wrote about in this blog.

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

Interesting article, Marcia.  Tom's post doesn't seem to suggest that Lync itself is the killer app for SDN, but instead that SDN can mitigate the challenges presented by Lync.  He even closes by saying "Lync is the poster child for bad applications that can be fixed with SDN."

This makes a lot of sense as we've seen dramatic quality and performance improvements using a cloud-delivered SD-WAN for real time unified communications applications such as Skype for Business (formerly known as Lync), Cisco UC, video conferencing, etc.  Given the lack of quality of service over the Internet using a cloud-delivered SD-WAN results in a signifcant improvement to the quality of exerpience.

I wrote about our experience with Quality of Experience and Cisco UC over the Internet here www.velocloud.com/right-place-right-time/

Cheers
Michael

 

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

WoodCast,

Great Blog!

However,I don't think its fair to single-handedly blame Lync for all that ails this space today.

Lync has also delivered a reasonably good and reliable product(at low costs) for most SMBs.

The Downtime and other issues which some users are facing are largely because of inadequate infrastructure at the consumer or the Communication Providers end(Telecom Companies tend to throttle bandwidth randomly way too often today).

At the sametime I also think that SD-WAN Has massive potential to deliver great cost savings as well as Quality Improvements here.

 

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

Different businesses have different requirement from the network. Lync and SDN is good because, humans are dynamic and hence, the network should also be dynamic -- voice packets, video packets or text packets, etc. M2M and SDN is good because, machines are static, static operations are easier to automate and automation saves cost. SDN and innovative technologies such as, smart cars and smart meters are good because, it enables the creation of new businesses. I feel that the killer app is a function of an industry in question.

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

Brian,

Excellent points!

We (in the IT Industry) have this unneccesarily excessive focus on "Killer Apps" all the time when the reality is often that if we can do our Basic Business Processes better by 20%+ we will benefit enormously in the process.

The very fact that at a time of Recession Globally;SDN has the potential ability to deliver new Businesses and Jobs is something which should be considered and backed totally.

After all,is'nt that what we were always looking forwards to?

 

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

Michael,

I don't think there is any one single "Killer App" when it comes to SDB today.

Rather I tend to believe its all largely down to better Integration that one can achieve via various SDN Apps today.

I tend to believe as IoT and Mobility becomes a bigger deal(than it already is today);SDN tends to deliver more bang for buck in better (&more effective) utilization of those exciting Technologies today.

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

There have been few SDN 'killer' apps so far, but again this wont make much of the difference seeking to fact that SDN is not ready for the enterprise market yet.

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

Virsingh,

I am not so sure.

For a matter of fact there are many major Corporations who are incorporating various Subsets/Features of SDN into their IT Organizations today.

Cisco,Amazon and VmWare come to mind readily.

Its a lot like basic Innovation Philosophies and the Bell Curve of Innovation.

You have the Innovators and Early Adopters piling in first and this is where SDN is presently.

If you want to stay ahead of the Competition you have to implement cutting-edge Tech before the rest of the Competition around you.

 

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

i dont doubt your comment @Ashu001, but it is not about deploying or integrating your service, rather i guess it is more about consideration and accountability of services/ applications you want to switch on SDN.

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

Virsingh,

Fair enough points you have raised here.

Without accountability and Service deliverability you can't do much today.

Great thing is that SDN has achieved enormous traction in that space as well today.

We just need to sit down and do a proper cost benefit analysis of the whole situation at hand.

In most cases the Answer will be a resounding Yes.

 

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

Ashu001,

Great perspective.  Better integration and interoperability between SDN implementations (whether in the private cloud, public cloud, LAN or WAN) will be powerful.

Agree that IoT and widespread mobility growth will create even more opportunities for SDN (likely some we cannot even imagine right now).

Cheers
Michael

Re: Impressive SDN Application Diversity

Great Blog!

However, I don't think its fair to single-handedly blame Lync for all that ails this space today

OpenConfig: Absolutely necessary for Enterprise Adoption

This was a very good overview in general - it was helpful to be reminded that SDN is being used by Internet companies for the most part and there seems to be a push to place it in the enterprise.

I would think OpenConfig will have to succeed if massive enterprise adoption is to take place.

Micro-segmentation ? About Time.

Micro-segmentation looks to be very promising - a new concept for me but I do like it's purpose and overall objective.  Will be interesting to see how this new technique spans moving forward.

Re: Micro-segmentation ? About Time.

Great thing is that SDN has achieved enormous traction in that space as well today.