Interop: How Will SDN Impact Network Awareness?
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In a roundtable keynote discussion, VMware, Broadcom, and Microsoft heavyweights discuss SDN, network awareness, and the future of the network admin in an SDN world.
While some see SDN as a new evolution that threatens existing networks, VMware's Martin Casado disagrees. Casado is a key figure in the SDN movement. His 2005 Stanford thesis led to his original build of OpenFlow and the Nox SDN controller. Casado went on to co-found Nicira, which was acquired by VMware for $1.2 billion in 2012. Enterprise Networking Planet interviewed Casado in April.
"There is a lot of talk about the threat of SDN, but there has been so much change over the last decade already. and we have some capabilities already," Casado said during the panel. "Its living among us already."
Casado added that SDN doesn't make electrons go faster. Rather, he stressed that the value proposition of doing networking in software derives from speed and agility.
Broadcom's Ramaswami takes a more network-centric viewpoint.
"SDN first is about exposing what you have in the network, then it's about what you can run on top," he commented.