- Zeus Kerravala
What do enterprises need from SDNs? Perhaps more than anything, control of their own networking destiny.
That was clear from a talk Matthew Liste of Goldman Sachs gave this week at the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, CA. Sure, Goldman Sachs wants more cohesion and consistency in the pre-SDN piecemeal programming it’s done over the past 10-15 years. Such uniformity would allow the firm to pursue common, easily extendible programmatic control planes, independent control and data planes, bare metal switches with common hardware abstraction, Linux-like operating systems for switches, commodity scale architectures and “software-defined everything,” Liste says.
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If you aren't intimately familiar with Software Defined Networking, don't fret. Only 10% of 450 IT practitioners at a recent Network World event raised their hands when asked if they understand SDN. But if the emerging technology lives up to its promise to redefine networking as we know it, there is no time like the present to dig in and learn more.