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…
The first Big Communications Event related blog focused on Virtualization and Security. In this entry, the focus is on the other hot topics at the show, specifically Automation and Disaggregation.
When disconnecting hardware from software, the first thing a network engineer thinks about is routers and switches—because these are the basic building blocks of the network itself. However, there is another, more interesting, place to start when considering disaggregation in network engineering. If you traced the path of any packet from one edge of the network to another, you would find that it passes through a series of appliances that perform operations beyond just forwarding packets, as shown in the illustration below.
White box networking and servers, Virtualization and cloud based computing. All of these are related to a single trend in the computer networking world: disaggregation, or rather the splitting of hardware from software. The buzz around this new trend is obvious once you connect all the pieces together, but the drivers behind the disaggregation movement might not be. Why disaggregate, and why now? There are several answers to these questions, but the two most important ones revolve around intertwined complexity in the business and networking technology worlds. Businesses right now, face a landscape where business and technology are intertwined in somewhat specialized silos designed to solve specific problem sets.