Software Defined Networking is becoming one of the central topics in the IT world and the buzz around SDN and OpenFlow seems to be reaching its peak. SDN is still a very nascent technology but the innovation it introduces and its potential to redefine the networking space justifies the attention it is getting. With integrated services, centralized coordination capabilities, distributed policy enforcement and highly secure environment SDN does hold allot of promise for improving network operations. However, there is a lot of critique coming from technology analysts who are pointing at the fact that there is little explanation as to how SDNs are currently being deployed, and it seems that the hype got ahead of the adoption.
It will be interesting to see how SDN concepts will evolve over the next two years and this is one of the topics that will be discussed at this year’s Open Networking Summit. ONS 2013 will offer a deep dive into all things SDN and it will gather thought leaders from the networking industry, key investors, and 40 vendors of SDN products. NTT Com, one of the largest telecommunication providers in the world, is one of the sponsors of this year’s Open Networking Summit. Mr. Yukio Ito, SVP of Service Infrastructure at NTT, will speak at event about the company’s involvement with SDN. According to NTT Com, at the ONS 2013 the company will offer speaker series on OpenFlow and carrier networks, Enterprise Cloud and SDN, as well as hands on developer session.
NTT has been a big supporter of SDN and it uses it inside its data centers for automated network configuration. NTT launched its SDN-based Enterprise Cloud in 2012. The company’s unique private cloud offering provides major benefits to enterprise organizations – with seamless integration, lower costs for network administration, and secure compute capacity it represents a flexible extension to enterprises’ existing networks. NTT leverages OpenFlow to reduce network complexity and simplify network management, thus enabling time and cost savings for enterprise clients. With NTT’s Enterprise Cloud, enterprises can architect their cloud according to need, utilize the right resources, and pay for the resources they use as they use them.
According to a recent NTT press release “SDN technology enables upward and downward-scalable Bandwidth on Demand, a key to offering Recovery as a Service, and provides a portal for customers to view and use globally distributed data centers as a single pool of resources.”
NTT made its enterprise cloud available globally through data centers in Asia, Europe and the US. Head over to the company’s website for the complete overview of NTT’s enterprise cloud offering.
According to a research from IDC, the worldwide SDN market for the enterprise and cloud service provider segments is forecast to grow from $360 million in 2013 to $3.7 billion by 2016. IDC said that SDN will eventually become a key element of the service strategies for communications service providers.