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Cyan Builds an SDN Club

Craig Matsumoto
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Craig Matsumoto
6/12/2013
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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.

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— Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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Cableco44
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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.
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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)
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