The Latest ECI White Paper: SDN—Great in Theory, Not in Practice
At the current pace, telecom vendors will have invested over $3 billion just in the idea of software defined networking (SDN) by 2018. And what does the industry have to show for it? Till today the only full fledge SDN network has been rolled out only in the data center. Gartner’s Hype Cycle describes SDN as hitting rock bottom. So SDN is out? Not so fast.
Despite the struggles that SDN has presented to vendors, tech giants like Facebook and Google continue to invest heavily in the idea. With benefits like greater operations agility, better software and hardware integration and reduced costs on the horizon, it can be difficult to give up the SDN dream.
It’s no secret that the journey to make SDN a reality for the average service provider has encountered plenty of roadblocks. However, to find a way to succeed, you must first understand the challenges that have kept the dream suppressed. ECI’s latest white paper, SDN—Great in Theory, Not in Practice, takes a detailed look at the many challenges SDN has faced and explains why it’s not dead - just yet.
What does the SDN—Great in Theory, Not in Practice white paper have to offer?
The concept of software defined networking isn’t all that new. In fact, it took Google nearly a decade of time, money and the world’s foremost computing experts to create the only true example of a pure SDN solution in the real-world.
It’s one thing to build a SDN network from scratch, but transforming an existing network to an SDN network is significantly more difficult. In practice, you need to understand the issues before you can solve them. It’s a double-edged sword, but one that ECI was happy to take on. In the SDN—Great in Theory, Not in Practice white paper, you’ll learn all about the following challenges that have put a dent in the hopes of an SDN future:
- Lack of real-time control
- Inadequate equipment
- Incomplete standards for the concept
- Limited examples to draw upon
- Lack of true industry support
It’s not time to lay the SDN dreams to rest. Instead, it’s time to rethink the theories that have proven too hypothetical and come up with real-world solutions that account for the challenges of incorporating existing assets into a next-gen network model.
Download the SDN—Great in Theory, Not in Practice white paper to learn everything you need to know about the state of SDN today and the steps the industry, as a whole, needs to take to make it a reality for service providers worldwide.