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sam masud
sam masud
10/1/2013 | 2:24:16 PM
In the dark
No information on the app store on HP's web site. Let's see if HP is more forthcoming during the ESDN event. Very curious what HP is really talking about with this app store.
RolfSperber
RolfSperber
10/1/2013 | 5:39:03 AM
SDN App Store
If you consider the complexity of multi domain, multi technology and multi layer networks and if above all that you want to include NFV the idea of an app repository with connectivity and service modules seems only natural. These apps or building blocks need to have standardized interfaces and in consequence any application utilizing network capacity can ask for a custom made virtual solution.
DOShea
DOShea
9/30/2013 | 4:28:28 PM
Re: App stores are mythical beasts in most markets
Will SDN get developers' juices flowing the way the iPhone did? Hard to imagine...

I agree with your view on app stores - there have been announces of app stores around business services and broadband at various times that  never really deeloped into trends.
@mbushong
@mbushong
9/30/2013 | 1:50:28 PM
App stores are mythical beasts in most markets
I like that HP has been hyper-aggressive in pursuing SDN. It shows that they are unafraid of new technology, and I think it speaks volumes to their willingness to innovate. 

But I am not sure I understand the App Store model. Creating an App Store is about making money - for the developers. The reason that the Apple App Store model worked is that Apple was providing a vibrant marketplace filled with lots of Apple consumers. And even if the consumers did not all exist when it was launched, there is a much larger expectation of volume in the consumer space where everyone owns a phone.

In the networking space, the number of controller application consumers is tiny even after the whole market emerges. So forgetting that the market is still nascent, even in the limit, there will be orders of magnitude fewer installed seats. And then keep in mind that the number of controllers will be orders of magnitude lower than the number of installed networking devices.

So who will buy these apps?

It gets even murkier if the controller market is fractured between OpenDaylight, BigSwitch, HP, NEC, NSX, and whoever.

With so few customers and no path to anyone getting dominant share in any app, the cost per app will have to be ridiculously high. But consumers won't pay a ton for some generic low-value application, so the barrier to entry for would-be app developers is going to be quite high.

I like trying to get first-mover advantage, but this move feels a bit forced to me. I am sure someone smarter than I has figured it all out, but from the outside, this one is tough to see playing out powerfully.

-Mike Bushong (@mbushong)

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