SDN Deployments to Gain Pace in 2014: Brocade

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 17, 2013


The storage industry has evolved at a rapid pace over the past couple of years, and there are no signs of it slowing down any time soon. Edgar Dias, Regional Director for India at Brocade tells CXOtoday that there will be a strong shift toward software-defined networking (SDN) in the next one year - the migration for which has already begun.

The two top trends that will be seen going forward are Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined “Everything”, says Dias. According to him, “Globally, and specifically in Asia-Pacific and Japan, exploration of NFV and software-defined technologies (network, virtualization, data center, storage and infrastructure) will evolve from being simply “research,” and enterprises – particularly in the service provider space – will begin to roll out production deployments.

The key areas where SDN will grow over the next few years are the classic OpenFlow SDN control plane, which includes load management as well as the provision of SDN to the service layer to optimize control, manageme and configure new services. “With more use cases, we will likely see larger deployments commissioned. As an industry, we are seeing a shift toward open, more flexible, efficient, highly programmable and elastic network infrastructure solutions with key initiatives such as OpenStack and the OpenDaylight Project as well as disruptive technologies that will ultimately benefit organizations,” says Dias.

Although it may still be too early for large-scale SDN deployments, a key decision making criteria for infrastructure will be to ensure that infrastructure will support oftware-Defined “Everything” going forward. Open architecture will be key to this future-proof strategy.
-Edgar Dias, Regional Director for India at Brocade

At the same time, he states NFV will gain prominence and drive new revenue opportunities for service providers by pulling managed services into the cloud, drastically reducing costs and increasing service agility.

Dias further notes that BYOD and the explosion of data (especially video content) are causing many new challenges as the amount of data becomes too big to handle in terms of getting value from it and in defining a strategy. Enterprises will go back to basics in 2014 and ask fundamental questions of their data center infrastructures as they look to deal with unprecedented data volumes: What are the objectives? Are we collecting the correct data? How can we use this to enable change in our business?

“Companies who cannot answer these questions adequately will struggle in the next one year. Furthermore, we expect to see one or two significant cases of network shutdowns caused by data overload,” he concludes.