Bringing you the very latest on SDN and NFV developments across the world

Over the last few months, the industry has been moving forward at an astonishing pace, in a race to understand, conquer and exploit the principles of Software Defined Networks (SDN) to their full advantage.

But SDN is a tricky and complex topic to navigate, and unless you’ve got lots of time to spare, it’s hard to get to the bottom of what is fact and what is fiction. With so many conflicting opinions within the industry about the nature and potential of SDN innovation, it can be hard to find the correct pathway through.

networkHence this newsletter. This short, regular bulletin is intended to guide you through the latest developments in the world of SDN, bringing together the best of the resources we’ve found to help you stay in touch with where the industry is heading, so you can keep in touch the easy way.

There have been so many new announcements about SDN of late that now that we are getting into 2013, many people are realising that what they thought SDN was all about was in fact only part of the picture.

Last week, as Juniper announced their SDN strategy at the Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas last Tuesday, and in an attempt to dispel the myths, Juniper’s Bob Muglia announced seven truths about SDN, which you can read in full here.

We think these particularly helpful in illustrating the full range and breadth of SDN capabilities – a big focus for the industry in 2013. They are as follows:

1. SDN is not only about data-center networking, it applies to all networking and network service
2. SDN is not only about reducing CAPEX, but OPEX too
3. SDN is not only about centralization – lots of intelligence will stay decentralised
4. SDN is not only about software – SDN will fuel hardware innovation
5. SDN is not only about OpenFlow – OpenFlow is just a protocol
6. SDN is not going to happen immediately – it will happen step-by-step
7. SDN is not going to take forever – in fact, we will begin to see the impact this year.

So what do you think about the direction in which SDN is heading? How long will it be before we really see it take off? Drop us a line and let us know!

You can keep in touch with us on Twitter @SDNWORLD or follow this blog. And of course, we will be addressing many of these issues as part of the SDN WORLD conference in Barcelona on 11-13 June 2013.

In the meantime, here are a few leads for you, summarising latest news in the world of SDN:

In the News

Detailing the difference between SDN and OpenFlow:
http://www.networkcomputing.com/next-gen-network-tech-center/sdn-is-business-openflow-is-technology/240142193?pgno=1

Commentary on Juniper’s new SDN Strategy:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/16/juniper_sdn_strategy/

The Potential of a Virtualised L3/L4 Network:
http://www.networkcomputing.com/next-gen-network-tech-center/sdn-from-slideware-to-software-in-2013/240146065

White Paper: The Role of DPI in an SDN World (by Qosmos and Heavy Reading):
http://www.qosmos.com/qosmos-co-publishes-white-paper-with-heavy-reading-on-the-role-of-dpi-in-an-sdn-world/

Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) Explained:
http://wikibon.org/wiki/v/Network_Function_Virtualization_or_NFV_Explained

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