Category Archives: Software Defined Networking

How Did SDN Change from Incumbent-Free to Incumbent-Lock-In?

About 10 years ago, a few smart folks invented “Software Defined Networking” or SDN for short.  SDN promised to “separate the data plane from the control plane”, but another objective was to break free from vendor lock-in. They wanted SDN to enable a network where one can design the network, manage it and monitor it […]

Seven Predictions for 2017

As we look forward to 2017 it is time to peer out into the distance and think about what will happen during the year:   2017 will mark the beginning of the Hunger Games for high performance Optical Component Startups. This fight to the death battle is inevitable, because there is no de-facto industry standard […]

How to Get 100G Performance Out of Your 100GbE SDN

The high bandwidth requirements of modern data centers are driven by the demands of business applications, data explosion, and the much faster storage devices available today. For example, to utilize a 100GbE link, you needed 250 hard drives in the past, while today, you need only three NVMe SSDs. After investing in the most advanced […]

Three Ways ASAP2 Beats DPDK for Cloud and NFV

Telecommunication service providers are betting big on technologies such as cloud and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) to revamp their infrastructure. They are putting their cards on the table so that they can be more agile in new service creation, more elastic in on-demand service scaling, and achieve better economics in terms of infrastructure build-out. No […]

Tough Choices No More, at Least for SDN

It is great to have choices, but making decisions is hard, especially when none of the choices seems perfect; they all have their pros and cons. As the 2016 presidential election time draws near, many Americans are reminded of tough decision making that comes as part of the political freedom and democracy. And across the […]

Software Defined Networking, Done Right Part 3

Read Software Defined Networking, Done Right Part 1 and Part 2.   In part II of this SDN blog series, Innovations that can Move SDN from Depths of Disillusionment to Peak of Enlightenment, I discussed some of the technologies that can significantly improve total infrastructure efficiency, operational simplicity and deployment flexibility. In this blog, I […]

Software Defined Networking, Done Right Part 2

Read Software Defined Networking, Done Right Part 1 and Part 3.   Part 2: Innovations that can Move SDN from Depths of Disillusionment to Peak of Enlightenment In Part I of this SDN blog series, The -State-of-the-SDN Art, I reviewed the mainstream SDN deployments models and discussed the pros and cons of each model. In […]

Software Defined Networking, Done Right

Read Software Defined Networking, Done Right Part 2 and Part 3.   Part 1: The State of the SDN Art Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a revolutionary approach to designing, building and operating networks that aims to deliver business agility in addition to lowering capital and operational costs through network abstraction, virtualization and orchestration. Conceptually, SDN […]