Yesterday at the first Open
Networking User Group (ONUG), IT users shared their Software-Defined
Networking (SDN) experiences and key requirements to enable the growth
of open networking. IT leaders and industry executives identified five
recommendations to expedite the deployment of open networking which
include interoperability, vendor neutrality, programmable
networks with Northbound APIs, offering increased network
monitoring and visibility, and a new business model.
"Transformation in the networking industry occurred once before in the
1990s as companies migrated toward TCP/IP and away from proprietary
protocols such as SNA and DECnet, and although this transition took a
decade it brought the world the Internet," said Nick Lippis, host of the
Open Networking User Group and founder of the Lippis
Report. "Though this open networking migration cycle will more than
likely proceed similarly, the innovation and disruption have begun, and
sophisticated IT leaders are in the driver's seat trialing and beginning
deployments of open SDN solutions today."
ONUG Top Five Recommendations to Enable Open
1) Open Networks Must Be Interoperable Networks - across SDN
controllers and multi-vendor physical switches and hypervisors
supporting industry standards such as OpenFlow. Software-Defined
Networks must address the entire network including physical and virtual
switches, and though overlays deiver value today, they are not the end
2) Open Networking Means Vendor Neutral Platforms - support for
multiple hypervisors, controllers, physical and virtual switches,
network services and network silicon in a seamless multi-vendor
environment with no vendor lock-in.
3) Open Networking Means Programmable Networks via Northbound APIs - abstract
network Command Line Interfaces (CLI) to interface with applications and
orchestration stacks to radically reduce the operational cost. Auto
provisioning of physical and virtual network gear, compute and storage
scheduling, and workload placement via an orchestration stack that does
not require coding. The Northbound APIs should also serve as an
innovation injection to speed-to-market new applications, network
services and design options.
4) Increased Network Visibility and Monitoring - open networking
also means visible networking so that troubleshooting, design, traffic
flow optimization, and others are enabled. Open networks should emit
real time network statistics to various traffic analytic and Big Data
engines to determine network operational state.
5) Open Networking Business Model Needed - The industry needs to
develop a business model that includes but is not limited to financial,
support and service models. ONUG believes that for open networking to
accelerate, the industry needs a viable, altruistic, truly open
networking business model to drive innovation, fuel research and
development and deliver best of breed solutions without allowing
individual vendor proprietary interests to derail SDN deployments. Who
will be the Red Hat of Open Networking
Dan Lynch, founder of Interop, shared an empowering message via video
with the IT executives at the first ONUG to control their own destiny
and let their wallets dictate to vendors their mandate for open
networking solutions to lower operational cost, increase IT delivery
flexibility and prevent vendor lock-in.
ONUG is an exclusive, user driven, one-day conference attended by 150 IT
business leaders focused on enabling the growth of open networking. ONUG
was organized by networking analyst Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report as
the networking industry reached an inflection point and large
corporations started taking greater control of their network
infrastructure. To learn more about the Open Networking Group, please go
or follow ONUG on Twitter @ONUG_.
To learn more about the Lippis Report, please go to www.lippisreport.com
or follow Nick Lippis on Twitter @NickLippis.
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