Debates in the SDN controller space
Not too long ago, in all meetings with people close and less close to the matter there always was the same question… which controller do you work with? ONOS or Open Daylight? And why that one? Why not the other? Religious debates… where have they gone? Why has it become so quiet? And is there anything we can learn from them?
In a second blog Andreas Hegers takes a step back from software revolution
Really? What's going on with this guy, I hear you say. In his last blog he’s praising the beauty of standards, and now he’s going completely retro? Hardly anyone is talking about anything but the endless opportunities of software these days. It’s even difficult to find a decent webinar that talks about Hardware … how dare I?
Standardization Bodies May be Slow Moving, BUT They are Pertinent to Success
Standards… what a boring, old fashioned and backwards oriented term. How can the representative of a vendor that claims to be open, elastic and forward thinking use it in a headline? Be honest… this was one of the thoughts that ran through your mind while reading the title. Now relax and sit back, the following blog might surprise you.
Topics: Enhancing Network Efficiency
The Telecom Industry is Characterized by Ongoing Hype Cycles
Probably more than any other industry sector, the telecommunications market has the habit of jumping from one hype cycle to the next, with only short phases of realism and depression in between. As opposed to other industries, both vendors and customers seem to be participating in this vicious circle - ‘full steam’. Neither side wants to be woken up, let alone stopped.
Why is the Telecoms Industry So Interested in HW Modules?
To protect the innocent, hereafter component vendors will be called A, B or O. And I swear that I started writing this blog prior to the announcements in the last weeks…
Does Network Slicing Suggest Slicing Prices as Well?
As the ‘softwarization’ of the networking industry progresses, it brings with it some interesting concepts. Some which promise to make our customer's life better, others make ours (vendors) lives more… interesting. So similar to network slicing, the holy grail of the 5G networks to come, it seems that also pricing can be sliced, with interesting effects on business relationships and models. Of course slicing a vendor’s offer into little pieces to negotiate them one by one has always been a basic tool for every purchasing department, but applying new concepts to slice prices in a dynamic way takes it to a new level… and that’s where we will stop referring to the analogy the writer of this blog is so proud of.
God Box Concept
When it comes to examples of aiming high and failing on a grand scale, systems that combine layers 0 to 3 in one solution (a.k.a. God Boxes), are among the first examples that come to mind. However, whether due to lack of Packet features, missing price points or organizational hurdles, they came and went. And I know that as a vendor one should be very careful to not leave the impression that you are actually trying to build one (again).
But the concept is still intriguing…
In 2012, an executive who worked for one of the largest European service providers shared his dream with the attendees of Layer123’s first software-defined networking (SDN) & OpenFlow World Congress in Darmstadt, Germany. According to him, the reason for all the misery in carrier-land were not permanent price battles, flat-rates, and cut-throat competition; it was us, the vendors.
How Can Service Providers Compete with OTTs?
Some service providers are regarding the strongest users of their network as their worst enemies… the OTT’s. Those mystic folks who reside in data centers, earn billions and billions and don’t even have their own network.
Takeaway’s from the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2016
While preparing for a speech at Layer123’s recent SDN and OpenFlow World Congress, I had a staggering experience. I discovered the concept of the “P-CPE”. The “P” stands for, well, physical. It appears that our industry has reached the next level, where everything that really exists now requires a “P” in front of it. Who would have thought so 10 years ago?