SDN architectures

What Big-Vendor Attention Means for SDN

With OpenDaylight out of the shadows and practically every large vendor preaching a software-defined networking (SDN) architecture, what happens next for the smaller companies that got SDN noticed in the first place? The question goes hand-in-hand with the growth of the Open Networking Summit, taking place this week in Santa Clara, Calif. Formerly a cliquey 400-person gathering at Stanford University, the ONS has grown to 1,500 and would have been larger if the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) hadn't capped attendance. Everybody wants in. We sat down with ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt to get his take on what's changed in two short years, and what it means for the SDN cause.
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Check back with Light Reading for coverage of the ONS during the next couple of days, including photos. And if you're at the show, you can check out the service-provider panel I'll be chairing on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Pacific, featuring speakers from NTT Communications Corp., Internet2 and Ericsson AB. For more — Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading
Craig Matsumoto 4/17/2013 | 2:41:08 PM
re: What Big-Vendor Attention Means for SDN -áWhen you add it up, it's like OpenDaylight is a pretty large, decently funded startup.
jtombes 4/17/2013 | 2:56:01 AM
re: What Big-Vendor Attention Means for SDN Nice interview. The $ does add up, by my count (using members and fees that Clint Boulton reported in CIO Journal) nearly $5m in investment and just shy of 100 engineers, which looks like maybe another $40m, if we're talking senior full-time brainpower, for the two-year span. Intel in this case is just one of the lowly Silver members, who reportedly kick in between $10k and $20k. I think the validation is coming from somewhere else in this case.
Craig Matsumoto 4/16/2013 | 5:16:02 PM
re: What Big-Vendor Attention Means for SDN I like Dan's point about the amount of investment the OpenDaylight companies are putting into SDN. Still, I can't help think about the times when chip startups would tell me Intel had come in and "validated" their market. Many of those guys ended up "validated" out of existence.
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