Software Defined Networking (SDN), ironically, is a concept that has yet to have a truly well defined definition. That’s a situation that Juniper Networks is aiming to solve today with the official introduction of the company’s full strategy and vision for what SDN really should enable.
To date, Muglia noted that the way networking software has been built is by using traditional embedded software development approaches which directly tie the software to the underlying hardware. While hardware is abstracted in an SDN approach, hardware remains a core component, especially for a networking vendor like Juniper.
“I don’t believe that SDN commoditizes network hardware,” Bob Muglia, executive vice president, Software Solutions Division at Juniper Networks said. “When you pull out the functions and services out of network devices you can then optimize the software to do what it does best and optimize the hardware to do what it does best.”