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The SDN implications of Facebook's open source switch - TechTarget

In part one of this Q&A with Facebook's Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations, and Facebook's Najam Ahmad, director of technical operations, we explored how the Open Compute Project's open source switch will allow users to run any OS they see fit on open hardware


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Facebook dopo i server (come già google) ha deciso di prodursi anche gli switch ethernet, ovviamente con SDN e OpenFlow. 

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Picking the cloud’s winners and losers: From SaaS to SDN

Picking the cloud’s winners and losers: From SaaS to SDN | eliatoday | Scoop.it
A group of technology executives played the cloud computing and enterprise IT version of “hot or not” during a Wednesday afternoon session at GigaOM Structure.
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Why Software Defined Networks (SDN) and WiFi 2.0 are critical to future of Internet | Bill St. Arnaud Blog

Why Software Defined Networks (SDN) and WiFi 2.0 are critical to future of Internet | Bill St. Arnaud Blog | eliatoday | Scoop.it

As the article on SDN points out, the big advantage of SDN, whether it is OpenFlow, UCLP or similar technology is that it empowers customers to create their own network solution. Empowering users enables innovation and creates new business opportunities. Empowering carriers, on the other hand, stifles innovation and results in attempts to extract revenue through monopoly rent e.g UBB. This is why these two technologies are so important for R&E networks – because their primary mission should be empowering researchers and educators to enable new modalities and innovation in delivery of their primary mission of research and education. R&E networks that act and look like carriers, are not fulfilling their primary mission, and to my mind are ultimately doomed.

SDN is so important these days, because unfortunately most large Internet equipment manufacturers, over the past few years, have been captured by the large carrier mindset and are seeing far less innovation in this marketplace. Carrier mindset capture is not a good thing – we have seen the tragic consequences in Canada. Most of Canada’s high tech companies like Nortel, RIM, Alcatel-Lucent (Newbridge), etc are struggling or have gone under because they pursued this market. While the carrier market is extremely lucrative, once inside the door, it puts blinders on the companies serving that market. Nortel is a classic example. Despite being a multi-billion dollar company it really only had 5 major customers – all incumbent telcos. The whole organization revolved around satisfying the needs of these 5 large customers. Despite many failed attempts to make a right hand turn towards the Internet, the demands of these 5 customers distorted all other values in the company. A classic example of this perversion of values is Nortel’s infamous “Web tone” strategy. That one simple phrase, to my mind, says it all in what is wrong with serving the carrier market. And despite over 20 years of Internet growth, things have hardly changed.

RIM now is going down the same path as Nortel. It too has based its entire business strategy of marketing through the carriers. Only belatedly it is now attempting to follow Apple and market directly to end users. But after a decade of working closely with telcos it is hard to imagine they will be able to change their corporate culture sufficiently enough and fast enough in order to survive.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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