Is OpenFlow the Cornerstone of Differentiated Services?
September 8, 2015 | Steve Garrison | In the trenches with Steve
A key question our customers keep asking us is “How can SDN help me differentiate my company’s service offerings?” This is a key point. Any new technology needs a compelling reason to act, and if your business needs to grow, service differentiation is a way to achieve that growth. Technology, [...]
Are white box switches less secure?
September 3, 2015 | Olivier Vautrin | The Product Guy
Are white box switches less secure than proprietary alternative switches like Juniper or Cisco? Gregory Pickett, Founder of Hellfire Security, did a presentation about white box security during the last Black Hat conference, triggering a multitude of news articles which we will analyse in this post. Without dwelling on the all [...]
Which SDN Camp Are You Going To?
July 7, 2015 | Steve Garrison
Its summer! And that usually means most people go on vacation and in my house at least, that means we go camping at least once. We recently went to Camp Mather, up in the Sierras near Yosemite. At the camp, you can stay in the tent section, or the cabin section. [...]
How More Services Providers Are Thinking ‘Outside In’
June 23, 2015 | Calvin Chai | Musings on SDN
June usually signals two things in my household: the end of the school year, and the beginning of the trips to the multiplex for the latest family-friendly animated movie. This year is no different, and from everything we’ve heard, Disney / Pixar’s latest entrant, Inside Out, is a winner. While animated [...]
The White Box SDN Twitter 45
June 2, 2015 | Steve Garrison
With SDN and white box news flying fast and furious through the Internet, it can be hard to keep up with really great articles. Twitter is a great place to monitor breaking White Box and SDN news, but where do you start? This blog presents a list of 45 top [...]
Demystifying myths in the networking industry
April 17, 2015 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster
I have great respect for my previous company, Cisco Systems, and truly believe that the company has successfully brought a disruptive approach of applying network technologies to answer major business challenges. Working at Cisco was like being conferred with an honorary doctorate from an Ivy League school in engineering, management, leadership [...]
The Flip Side of Overlays
April 16, 2015 | Calvin Chai
Why Labeled BGP on White Box Will Disrupt How We Buy Routers For those of us that are old enough to have or remember a record collection, there is familiarity (and probably a little nostalgia) for the term “flip side.” In this context, flip side refers to the B-side of a [...]
White Box Acronym Soup
April 1, 2015 | Steve Garrison
The LightReading blog, Open Networking Acronym Soup, covers all the interest groups, communities and standards bodies that are driving this idea of Open Networking, which in itself is a grab bag of topics around SDN, NFV and of course white box/bare metal switches. A recent blog post struck a chord [...]
Zero Touch Provisioning in a Bare Metal World
January 12, 2015 | Calvin Chai
Who doesn’t like automation? If you’re speaking to somebody in IT, then the short answer is “nobody”. While the term Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) might be increasingly more common to networking, the concept of automation has existed for years in IT. At its core, ZTP is an automation solution [...]
Scaling SDN: Is OpenFlow Ready for Prime Time?
November 24, 2014 | Calvin Chai
Pica8 Says 'Yes' and Challenges the FUD Up to this point, OpenFlow has mostly been deployed in research and higher-education environments. These early trials have shed some light on interesting use cases, what OpenFlow is good for, and of course, what OpenFlow might not be so good for. This is important [...]