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  • rmhango 579 posts since
    Aug 12, 2008

    Cheers, my decision not to paraphrase appears to have been the right one, though would say you highlight this complexity obsession well in your post.

     

    On the whole I thought it was a pretty damning indictment, however it did provide some clarity, most fundamentally that SDN is not an OpenFlow dependency, but part of a much broader trend towards Openness.

     

    This correlates with my observation, whereby a networking vendor has released an SDK for its OS allowing programmability at the network device layer, incidentally it can also be used to write new apps on top of OpenFlow, so by all accounts SDN is already here. The irony being that not one of the founding board members of the ONF is a traditional networking vendor, coincidental or purpose by design?

     

    Its obviously far too early to determine any impact or what the long-term impact may be, my guess is a mixture of both, but I’d be willing to bet my dog that five years from now companies will no longer be happy paying a premium for unnecessary complexity and that STP will have been totally eradicated from the network.

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  • rmhango 579 posts since
    Aug 12, 2008

    Damning with respect that the networking industry appears to have been somewhat closed and self-serving, hence the creation of the ONF.

     

    Its the industry as a whole, not one particular vendor or another and certainly doesn't bring into question those that work on the equipment vendors produce, as they can only work within the given confines.

     

    I'd simply view it as a long overdue liberalisation, which brings with it greater opportunities for those with more creative tendencies.

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