There is no doubt about it, the industry is moving fast… And just as we thought we had got our heads around SDN (Software-Defined Networking), a whole new set of buzzwords has appeared on the scene, as the industry progresses ever further down the path towards better agility, flexibility and streamlined network resources.
SDN is one of the most exciting developments in the industry this decade. If used intelligently, it stands to revolutionise the way in which telco and enterprise networks and data centres are constructed and built. So perhaps it’s not surprising that the emergence of SDN has now opened the door to lots of new extra terms – such as Software-Defined Compute, Software-Defined Storage (SDS), Software-Defined Security and Software-Defined Power, making up the wider concept of the software-enabled data centre. Beyond that, there’s also the Software-Defined WAN and LAN… (not to mention NFV!)
Hence, the new umbrella term, SDx (Software-Defined Everything), which is very useful in describing the myriad of ways in which software-definition can be used, in the data centre (SDDC) and beyond. For businesses, SDN means the potential for improved access to data (at potentially lowered costs) and enhanced streamlined access to pertinent information and storage spaces. So as businesses continue to require access to information on-the-go and in a cloud-like environment, it is hardly any wonder that SDx technologies are setting themselves up to the be the way of the future.
In 2013, GigaOm estimated that it would not be impossible to foresee the SDDC market worldwide reaching a worth of between $5 or $10 billion by 2018 – and taking into account a whole host of new vendors now arriving on the scene to cater for new software-defined demand, the potential is certainly great.
So how far down the SDx road is your company at this point, and for what purpose do you believe SD solutions will be of greatest benefit? Which vendors will win in the SDx domain, and what will be the greatest challenges that the Telco community needs to face in order to facilitate rollout effectively? And where will the industry be by this time next year?
Come and share your thoughts, ideas and experiences at this year’s Broadband World Forum, where SDx will be a major theme of our Virtualization track. We look forward to seeing you there!
Georgina Wilczek, Conference Manager, BBWF 2014