SDN JOURNEY PART 1 OPENSTACK SUMMIT

SDN JOURNEY PART 1 – OPEN STACK SUMMIT

Wandering around the booths at the Marketplace here at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, I’m seeing a theme emerging from the SDN vendors (of which there are many)….

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Open Stack Summit 2014

…Here’s a few things that everyone seems to have in common

  • They all have the solution to your problem (whatever it is)
  • They all use a RESTful APIThey all have a “ping demo” on their booth
  • They’re all hiring
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‘Everyone’s hiring’

It’s reminiscent for me of wandering around Infosec Europe in the early 2000s. It was crammed with hundreds of no-name firewall vendors. They all had their own “shiny box” on stand. They were all stateful (big wow) and all inspected above L3/4. Know what else? They’re all consigned to history, with only a handful of exceptions. And so I believe it is with the SDN vendors.

I just witnessed a live demo from a little-known SDN vendor here at the Demo Theatre. They have a great product; very capable, scalable, and well thought out. It also looked exactly like Juniper’s Contrail. So much so, I asked the presenter how he believed his product differentiated itself against Contrail. He gave me a list of reasons, all of which, in my opinion, failed to differentiate it. He eventually conceded “Everyone looks the same here…” and so my point.

Don’t get me wrong, their product was great. I’m not bashing it, neither am I a Contrail evangelist per see. My point is that the SDN market is already saturated with immature products that all look the same. I wonder how many will still be here next year?

From what I see today, my personal opinion is that in the datacentre space, it looks like a two horse race between OpenDaylight and OpenContrail. That’s all the users (not the vendors) are talking about. It’s great that there’s healthy competition in this marketplace. It’s interesting that those currently in the lead are the “Open”, not commercial products

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Hands-on lab at #OpenStackSummit

I look forward to putting both of these (and any other serious contenders) through their paces in our lab. We’ll see in time how this shakes out.

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