Light Reading
Friendly SDN companies agree to interoperate, but the list is missing some big names. Lots of them, actually.

Cyan Builds an SDN Club

Craig Matsumoto
News Analysis
Craig Matsumoto
6/12/2013
50%
50%

Cyan Inc. is announcing a group of software-defined networking (SDN) partners that are pledging interoperability among their products.

The Blue Orbit ecosystem, as it's called, is similar to the metro Ethernet alliance that Cyan forged in 2011 with Accedian Networks Inc. and Overture Networks Inc. That was more about letting one management system run multiple vendors' products, though.

Blue Orbit is about ensuring interoperability so that network operators can opt for multiple SDN pieces rather than having to buy everything from a single vendor. Cisco Systems Inc. doesn't get mentioned in the press release Cyan issued Tuesday night (timed for a morning launch in Asia), but it's pretty obvious that's one company Blue Orbit considers itself up against.

The announced Blue Orbit partners are Accedian, Arista Networks Inc., Boundary Inc., Canonical Ltd., Cyan, Embrane Inc., Overture and RYU, an open-source SDN framework started by NTT Laboratories.

Why this matters
Any new technology works best when the promise of interoperability is at least partially fulfilled.

The important step, though, is interoperability with the market's real movers and shakers. No offense to Arista, but Blue Orbit would be more meaningful if more large companies were backing it.

To the extent that SDN's newness can let smaller companies gather customers, the mutual interoperability among the Blue Orbit members could be a help.

For more

— Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Cableco44
50%
50%
Cableco44,
User Rank: Light Bulb
6/18/2013 | 12:14:20 PM
re: Cyan Builds an SDN Club
We do have four solutions (iRules, OpenDaylight, Cisco SAL, now Cyan consortium) which does lead me to believe a migration of the tier one procurement groups into OpenFlow and Tier 2-4 and EMEA, APAC BRIC destined vendors going for OpenStack where their mastery in OpenSource and IPv6 is growing year by year. This will leave TMF/SCOPE to homogenize the swimlane messages. To be sure SON, SDN, NFV are very intricate at the SAL and we are in a period of day-by-day activity to gain a leadership in ruleset for each group to obtain concensus in OpenFlow or OpenStack. The jockeying cannot wait another year now that the tier one North American, European vendors have decided to reconfigure their products.
@mbushong
50%
50%
@mbushong,
User Rank: Moderator
6/13/2013 | 2:36:13 PM
re: Cyan Builds an SDN Club
I love what Cyan is doing here. I think we will tend to see more instances of people coming together to ensure interoperability as an input into product development rather than a post-production effort to tie a ribbon around disparate solutions. It's proof that deep vertical stacks are not the only way to have an integrated solution.

Well done.

-Mike (@mbushong)
Plexxi
Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Light Reedy
Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (7) comments


Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerator for Digital Business Future Oriented BSS

7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Packet Design asks network professionals how they handle the cloud, SDN, and network management.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Latest Comment
Hot Topics
Cisco Puts a Fog Over IoT
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
U-verse Growth Slips But Still Strong
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/24/2014
Is Windstream Boldly Setting a New Trend?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/29/2014
Salary Survey Report 2014
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
Facebook: 30% of Users Are Mobile-Only
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/24/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed