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SDN, NFV Not Just Hype

By Rachel Ramsey October 03, 2013

Software-defined networking (SDN) takes control from hardware and puts it in the hands of a software application. Fueled by the evolution of virtualization, SDN is generating a lot of discussion in the tech industry, especially this week at Interop in New York. I caught up with Chris Koeneman, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at ADTRAN, who is speaking on SDN in a session today, “SDN, Network Virtualization and Its Impact on the Network.”

The session will focus on virtualization, how it’s evolved, what the future looks like and how organizations can take advantage of it. Specifically, Koeneman will discuss how SDN can be applied to the access layer, the WLAN, because that’s where services get defined. He says that’s the best place to start when looking to adopt SDN, because that’s where devices are hitting the network. 


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The biggest concerns among organizations today about adopting SDN is learning to control a network outside of the physical device and trust the software sitting in a data center. Koeneman compared this to the same leap that had to happen when companies had to get comfortable with applications like Salesforce and TurboTax.

“It’s definitely the hot topic,” he said, going on to add that SDN and NFV – networks function virtualization – are not just hype. Factors like agility and low-cost scaling back the trends up and make them long-term impacts on both carriers and the enterprise.

If the growth of these trends isn’t enough to persuade you to attend the session, maybe this will: Koeneman also teased Katy Perry and the Loch Ness Monster as parts of his presentation. Maybe a special appearance. You’ll have to check it out at 2:45 p.m. at Interop in NYC today to find out.

If you don’t get a chance to attend Koeneman’s session, you have another opportunity Nov. 20-21 in Santa Clara, Calif. at the Software Telco Congress, where Koeneman is also speaking on a panel discussion, “NFV and SDN: Friend or Foe?” and a keynote panel, “Looking Forward: What will the Software Telco Look Like in Three Years?

Visit www.softwaretelco.com/conference to learn more.




Edited by Alisen Downey

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