Network performance is the biggest barrier to new services and innovation, according to Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson, who opened the Broadband World Forum keynote on day two of the event.
Coho Data, a startup providing integrated storage appliances announced Wednesday that it has closed a $25m series B financing deal. The investment, led by newcomer Ignition Partners, will bolster the company’s R&D and go-to-market strategy for its offering, which combines flash storage with software-defined networking for cheaper, faster private cloud storage.
Operator group Deutsche Telekom is looking to transform itself into a “software defined operator”, the firm’s VP for aggregation, transport, IP and fixed access, Axel Clauberg told Broadband World Forum delegates Thursday. The telco says bringing in skills currently being mobilised by cloud heavyweights like Facebook and Google will be essential.
Culminating two and a half years of research and development, Verizon on Thursday announced the launch of a public cloud portfolio based on a radically revised architecture to its existing datacentre designs. The focus is on cloud compute and cloud storage platforms, which the company says will help give enterprises more control over their virtual machines.
Interoperability in the cloud is something most vendors talk about and all enterprises desire, but achieving the goal of large, scalable, interoperable clouds will require a revolution in the datacentre. This is not happening fast enough for Nigel Beighton, vice president of technology at Rackspace. But as the open source philosophy begins to take hold in the development not just of software but of physical datacentre assets, that revolution might not be too far off.
The industry-supported open source OpenDaylight project took the wraps off the first release of “Hydrogen” today, its software defined networking architecture billed to accelerate the adoption of SDN among enterprise IT and network providers.
In a bid to entrench its technology further into hyper-scale datacentres, Intel on Wednesday showcased chip innovations that will see the manufacturer turn up the heat on rivals AMD and ARM for the datacentres of cloud service providers.
Software Defined Networking is taking another step forward today as it was announced that the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and China SDN & Open Networking Commission (CSONC) struck an agreement to collaborate on accelerating the commercialisation and deployment of SDN technologies, including the OpenFlow protocol.
Software defined networking (SDN) has so far been used predominantly to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. But it has also been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements.
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.