"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:
- White House Joins SDN Bandwagon
- Cisco Takes ONE Step Beyond SDN
- Ciena Opens Up to Software-Defined Networking
- OpenFlow Taps the Brakes
- Big Switch Opens Up Network Tunneling
- Verizon: Putting SDN in Its Place
- OpenFlow, SDN & an Industry Uprising
- ADVA Mixes OpenFlow With Optical
- Cisco Broadens Its Software-Defined Networking
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading