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HP's Saar Gillai: The SDN Advantage

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10:45 AM Saar Gillai, the CTO of HP Networking, discusses the overall opportunity for software-defined networking and HP's perspective on this new way of thinking about networks
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gtchavan
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gtchavan,
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12/5/2012 | 5:19:24 PM
re: HP's Saar Gillai: The SDN Advantage
Isn't the goal of San to make hardware fom different vendors interchangeable? If so how can it benefit hp?
DCITDave
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DCITDave,
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12/5/2012 | 5:19:22 PM
re: HP's Saar Gillai: The SDN Advantage


He takes a crack at that question in this video (second question in): 


http://www.lightreading.com/video.asp?doc_id=225770


HW vendors seem to resort to touting the performance required to run several virtual machines and services on a single platform. I think the real fear is that SDN will increase the appetite for low-cost hardware (from China) and therefore speed up the commoditization that they're already experiencing.


 

gtchavan
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gtchavan,
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12/5/2012 | 5:19:22 PM
re: HP's Saar Gillai: The SDN Advantage


It sounds like SDN is another scheme made up to kill hardware vendors.  These Telco's and internet service providers must realize that if they kill all of their hardware suppliers just so they can save a few bucks in their network management tools, there will be no one but the Chinese to make hardware for them.  I contend the business concept of adapt or die is not going to work in North America because even if you adapt you die.   I recall Jetsream, at the height of its business, just simply quit and screwed all of thier cusotmers.  Perhaps they were the smart ones, and as time goes on, the NA hardware vendors one by one will bow and take the Jetstream route.

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