Further fueling the hunger for software-defined networking (SDN), developers continued this week to roll out new products designed to fulfill needs, solve problems and woo customers. It's obvious why: A new study shows almost half of enterprises polled have already implemented SDN -- and those that have not will do so soon.
At this point, can there be any argument SDN is not a mission-critical component of an enterprise's infrastructure?
As collaboration and mobile devices fuel demand and need for cloud, organizations increasingly adopt infrastructure-as-a-service via virtualization and software defined data centers. In fact, SDDCs reached $19.31 billion last year, according to Visiongain. Combined, the SDN, NFV and network virtualization ecosystem will increase 54% between last year and 2030, the research firm predicts.
Currently 49% of enterprises have SDN installed and are "committed to SDN as part of their long term strategy," according to a survey of 150 IT and security professionals at large companies conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) for Tufin Software Technologies Ltd. In addition, 29% are involved in proofs of concept. Of those using SDN, 51% plan to use more than one SDN technology, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) study says.
At the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibit in Anaheim, Calif., Huawei unveiled Transport-SDN applications. In the applications area, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. showcased a bandwidth on demand (BoD) offering for enterprise leased-line and data center interconnect (DCI) situations, and debuted a Transport Innovation Platform (TIP) built on a T-SDN controller. On the control level, Huawei's T-SDN adopted an ONOS-based T-SDN super-controller to deliver standard and open transport-APIs that manage multiple vendors' SDN domain controllers. This coordinates various developers' transport networks, and Huawei's unified modeling at the network layer provides end-to-end route computation -- regardless of vendor device -- to accelerate service provisioning and time-to-market, according to Huawei.
The Halls of Learning
The powerful Open Networking User Group (ONUG) and New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences partnered on the NYU Open Networking Lab. ONUG members (pictured on home page) -- such as Manhattan financial and insurance institutions -- can access the high-end testing environment, explore research-driven solutions and address existing and emerging problems related to SDN, says Nick Lippis, co-chairman and co-founder of ONUG, in a release.
Over in Illinois, Coriant unveiled its Coriant Light IP Solution, which uses photonics, silicon, SDN and NFV technological advances for a network architecture that integrates IP capabilities and an optical layer. This approach is designed to improve network efficiency and minimize traffic latency, according to Coriant . The Light IP Solution joins Coriant's family of SDN-enabled packet optical transport solutions.
— Alison Diana, editor, The New IP. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @The_New_IP.