Openflow is the “father of software defined networks” in the minds of many engineers. To understand Openflow, however, you cannot just look at the protocol itself; rather you must go back to the beginning, in the mists of old networking.
By 2018, the market for software defined networking (SDN) will reach over $3.5 billion, giving communications service providers (CSPs) plenty of opportunities to carve out new revenue streams. There’s only one problem—SDN is currently experiencing an identity crisis.
ECI recently participated in the EANTC Interoperability Showcase in Paris at MPLS+SDN+NFV World 2016. Interoperability showcases have long been a widely accepted practice in the telecommunications industry, but when considering the immense commitment in time, resources and manpower required of vendors one may wonder why. In a word, OPENNESS.