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Q&A With Simon Pamplin, Brocade: SDN’s impact on the cloud

Simon Pamplin, Director, Systems Engineering, West EMEA at Brocade

There’s a great deal of hype surrounding software defined networking (SDN) these days. But sifting through the growing abundance of material alluding to the many benefits SDN it is difficult to get a sense of exactly how this technology will impact datacenter operators, cloud service providers, and of course, customers of cloud services.

Study finds datacentres ill-equipped for cloud and virtualisation

The study highlighted network performance and downtime as key inhibitors

The study highlighted that while three quarters of enterprises have updated their IT environments in the past three years, 91 per cent of IT decision makers believe their current IT infrastructure still requires substantial upgrades to meet the unique requirements of cloud services and virtualisation.

NEC and Portugal Telecom collaborate on SDN


Japanese vendor NEC has established a partnership with Portuguese incumbent operator Portugal Telecom that will see the two firms collaborate on SDN (software defined networking) and virtualisation technology for datacenters and carrier networks.