Category: Perspectives

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New Forrester Research Study on SDN Adoption for Heterogeneous Cloud Environments

This week Forrester Research released a new study Expanding IT Automation Through Cross-Technology SDN Platforms, sponsored by Nokia and Nuage Networks. The research is a Technology Adoption Profile (TAP), a format in which Forrester summarizes market surveys and custom research questionnaires to show how IT organizations are using and benefiting from emerging technology and industry trends.

Nuage Networks wanted to gather and publish the market research on how organizations were deploying S [...]

Hello World: Introducing OpenStack DevOps Cloud Reference Architecture

Nuage Networks first shipped Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) in 2013.  Since then, VSP has been operational in some of the largest data centers around the world, making the cloud “real” by making the network as accessible and fungible as the compute side of the house.

OpenStack powers the cloud orchestration layer in most of our installations.  And, to meet our customers’ networking needs, we have been busy building a partner ecosystem.  Among other functionality, we have deploy [...]

SDN Will Soon Experience Hyper-growth


A very informative book, Inside the Tornado by Geoffrey Moore, describes how companies can survive and ideally leverage hyper-growth markets. While Software Defined Networking (SDN) is not yet in hyper-growth mode, there are powerful forces accelerating its overall velocity in the market. While each force exerts its own influence, it also increases the impact of other forces as shown in the figure.


Market Accelerators

Three forces acting to accelerate the SDN market [...]

SDNCentral Blog: SDN – Right Here, Right Now by CEO, Sunil Khandekar

Blog by Nuage Networks CEO, Sunil Khandekar, as posted on SDNCentral.

Recently Nuage Networks in collaboration with SDNCentral launched a set of fun and interesting videos explaining the problems that todays move to the cloud was amassing on the existing data center and wide area networks. We chose a unique format to deliver this informative message. We wanted to break through some of the hype fog that had been clouding the future vision of networking and explain the real world benefits that [...]

Lifting the Cloud Over SDN: A LightReading Blog by Sunil Khandekar

 A Blog by Sunil Khandekar, founder and CEO of Nuage Networks, an Alcatel-Lucent venture. Also posted on LightReading.

Software-defined networking (SDN) must be magic. Why else would researchers, educators, vendors, customers -- practically everyone and anyone connected to the networking industry -- be so high on SDN?

The answer, of course, lies in the promise of SDN. After all, isn't it supposed to completely transform networking? Isn't it the innovation that has finally rescued the networ [...]

Delivering on the Promise of SDN

It was a year ago, last April, that we brought Nuage Networks and our Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) to the market. When we started, our primary challenge, SDN or otherwise, was to address the mismatch between the operational agility of data center networks and the applications that they served. We observed that compute had become quite easily consumable due to server virtualization, but network connectivity was nowhere near as responsive and dynamic. Network instantiation remained highly m [...]

It’s the Application, Stupid: Where SDN Really Ought to Be Going (Posted on SDNCentral)

Amidst all the hype around OpenFlow and then software-defined networking (SDN), what is getting lost (as things often do) is the fundamental problem that we have collectively set out to solve for cloud computing: the rapid deployment of applications onto networks. Bringing IT and IP together to realize DevOps. To provide true business agility with operational simplification without sacrificing what CIO’s care about most: speed and security with full control and visibility across all their work [...]

What’s Old is New Again

It turns out that this old adage is even true in the networking business. Tried and true principles of networking are being re-applied for Cloud computing.  And judging by some recent networking solutions, even some tried and failed principles are being applied in the context of SDN.

Nonetheless, the debate (if there ever was one) is settled.  SDN has arrived, and is here to stay.   In fact, the network abstraction and automation provided by SDN will cause a major change (perhaps disrupti [...]

Is SDN For Real? And If So, What Is It?

There is no question that SDN is the hot new technology that has suddenly made networking interesting and fun all over again.  With market forecasts estimated in tens of billions, spectacular valuations have been applied to early stage start-ups and every networking vendor worth its salt seems to be coming up with SDN solutions.   It's raining SDN in the networking industry!

So is SDN for real?  And if so, what is it?

Recently I participated in an industry panel discussion on SDN. One o [...]

The Data Center Network Is Not In The Way Anymore!

IT has been undergoing a massive shift to the cloud for a few years now, driven by enterprise motivations to consolidate, as well as to use compute resources more optimally and efficiently. While compute virtualization has driven this transformation, the network inside the data center has fallen woefully behind. The data center network is in the way!

Or, put another way, imagine going to an ATM, punching in your information for a withdrawal, and receiving the message that your cash will be re [...]