SDN architectures

Interoute's SDN Dream

2:15 PM -- The word schadenfreude springs to mind when talking with Interoute Communications Ltd. 's Matthew Finnie about the prospects of software-defined networking (SDN).

"It's going to a case of 'The Service Provider Strikes Back,'" says the CTO of the pan-European operator (who clearly sees himself as the LAN Solo character in this drama).

"We are big fans of SDN," adds the CTO of the pan-European operator, who can be seen here fraternizing with at least one fictional character at the Cloud Computing World Forum event in London this week, where he chatted with Light Reading.

"We have this idea of a network made up of generic hardware. Can you imagine the conversations we are going to have with the [network equipment] vendors?"

Finnie sees the introduction of SDN into wide area networks as inevitable in time, so the vendors that currently supply the major network operators will have to get on board. But it's not something they will do willingly, notes Finnie. "Embracing it will be like diving into a freezing cold shower," he states.

Unlike that shower, SDN is hot right now:

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

joanengebretson 12/5/2012 | 5:30:11 PM
re: Interoute's SDN Dream

Did he talk about any specific apps he wants to enable using SDN? Or is this more of a network efficiency or time-to-market sort of play?

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:30:10 PM
re: Interoute's SDN Dream

I bet a lot of carriers feel this way about SDN. They're just too politic to say it out loud.

digits 12/5/2012 | 5:30:06 PM
re: Interoute's SDN Dream

Network efficiency and flexibility had him rubbing his hands...

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