Diversity in SDN Culture- Creating Confusion Among Enterprises

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: With the future of data network certain to be software defined, all developers across different environments are adopting open standards and broad interoperability. The fact that the networking industry has no shortage of operating systems and management solutions makes the choice easier for the users, as to what suits their bill.  

As such, Pluribus Networks which provides data centre network solutions, recently released version 2.3.2 of its Open Netvisor Linux (ONVL) for Dell. The version provides automatic creation of fully connected mesh networking for key advancements such as big data, network storage and virtual desktop infrastructure. ONVL, based on the Pluribus Virtualization-Centric Fabric architecture enables advanced network management functions across fully distributed network architecture.

Open source communities such as ‘The Open Networking Foundation’ that promotes the adoption of SDN through the development of open standards are also upgrading their software. Recently, the firm released the second version of Atrium, an open SDN software distribution by extending it to comply with the OpenDaylight platform. The new version incorporates OpenDaylight, improves the Open Networking Operating System (ONOS) and includes a new feature called Leaf-Spine Fabric. It is the first Layer 2 or Layer 3 Closed network fabric built in open source, on Open Compute Project (OCP) hardware and with SDN principles.  

Companies like Big Switch Networks, Juniper, NEC are also upgrading their networking platforms. Evidently, Big Switch announced significant upgrades to its big monitoring fabric and Big Cloud fabric; Juniper collaborated with NEC to incorporate NFV functions that enables service providers and enterprises to help drive greater flexibility, agility and affordability. 

However, even after all the upgradation that is taking place, the difficulty which hinders the networking industry is that it needs to maintain a close-knit operating environment among a variety of hardware and software systems. To expect a global data ecosystem, enterprises needs to establish virtual networks that are set on same rules.