Did You Say SDN?

PacketU followers who kept up with last week’s activities are fully aware of Networking Field Day 5. I think there was a lot of incredibly stimulating and beneficial conversation. Therefore, I plan to replay the sessions in a personal attempt to get a full understanding of all of the content. At that point I’ll be writing about the products and dialog that I find most interesting about the sessions. In the meantime, I wanted to provide a brief synopsis of the event and link to the pre-recorded video.

So the general theme seemed to be SDN. Those who watched via the live stream realize that this industry is experiencing some growing pains. Basically, the server guys and gals solved many of their challenges with virtualization. This innovation actually created new and interesting challenges for the network. Additionally, during their time of innovation, network models largely remained as traditional models that weren’t easily adaptable. As such, it seems like every discussion at Network Field Day went in the direction of some sort of software defined networking.

Like all good religious technical debates, everyone seemed to have a different approach and/or believe we’re at a different point in the adoption process. The only vendor that I don’t recall talking about SDN was Ruckus. However if you think about modern wireless networks, you see a market segment that has been doing various levels of SDN for quite some time.

Readers who want to understand the vendor’s positions on software defined networking, orchestration and other relevant topics, should check out their sessions by following the applicable links below.

Over the next several weeks, I will be pouring through the material from Network Field Day 5 and extrapolate the content that I believe is most important to PacketU readers.

Disclaimer: The mentioned vendors are sponsors for Networking Field Day 5. As a result, their sponsorship covered a portion of the cost of my travel and expenses associated with my attendance to this event. This article itself was written without any restrictions or requirement to do so. My opinions on this product are my own and are accurately reflected.

About Paul Stewart, CCIE 26009 (Security)

Paul is a Network and Security Engineer, Trainer and Blogger who enjoys understanding how things really work. With over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Paul has helped many organizations build, maintain and secure their networks and systems.
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