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FEATURE Driving new cloud opportunities
add programmability, automation,
and service agility with new levels
of control and orchestration.
Yet defining an open network isn’t
easy; it can take many forms. Some
have defined open networking
as the use of fully interoperable
elements within the network. However,
automation and programmability –
achieved only through open APIs and
standard protocol-based approaches
– are vital open-network functions
that significantly reduce opex and
capex and improve efficiency. Open
source, and specifically Linux-based, approaches with open and
standard integration points are
driving innovation toward such
automation of network control.
SDN specifically represents a significant
and exciting transformation for cloud-and service-provider networks. With
it comes the promise of openness that
fosters network flexibility, automation,
programmability, and virtualization.
Additionally, SDN creates a new
approach to building networks that
enables cloud and service providers to
refine their operational models to grow
their businesses quickly and profitably.
SDN is being phased into provider
networks within platforms deployed
inside and outside the data center
(see Figures 1, 2, and 3). Transport
SDN, in particular, needs this
evolutionary approach to enable
use cases today with the ability to
evolve toward an open, multivendor,
multi-domain model in the future.
This SDN phased-in approach
enables cloud and service providers
to fully monetize their investments
in futureproof network platforms
with near-term SDN use cases. In
the short term, those use cases can
include bandwidth on demand and
overlay virtualized network functions
(VNFs); in the longer term, they can
integrate more open and standard
SDN components as they evolve.
These SDN deployments are
expected to increase rapidly
– Infonetics Research predicts
that the data-center SDN market
could hit $18 billion by 2018.
Leading this movement to open