Introducing Software Defined Networking: Rainmaker Files new research target

September 21, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

Cloud insiders have been buzzing about software-defined networking (SDN) and its potential to introduce more sophisticated, flexible and customizable network control, especially after network virtualization leader Nicira’s acquisition for $1.05b by VMware this summer. Now there is a special focus on SDN at Rainmaker Files.

In an article about the new research focus area, analyst Martin Hingley writes that Rainmaker Files will be using a combination of case studies and competitive analysis to answer the following questions about SDN, software-defined datacenters (SDDC) and fabric computing:

  • Can network virtualization help overcome the fragmentation of data centre computing by application and usage case?
  • Can networking itself become more democratic, as networking makes the data centre more democratic?
  • Will network switches and routers always depend on proprietary ASICs and algorithms?
  • Is Cisco’s strong market share in enterprise networking a profit pool waiting to be emptied into the pockets of companies able to ‘change the economics of networking’?
  • Public Clouds, Service Providers, large, medium and small businesses – which offer the best initial opportunities for new approaches?
  • What are the attached service opportunities?
  • Will customers trust new suppliers and techniques, however deep the proposed savings are?
  • Will SDN and SDDC lead to the fossilisation the underlying physical infrastructure choices?

We look forward to hearing more from the Rainmaker Files on this topic, as it promises to be an exciting area of research.

Please contact the Rainmaker Files if you want to get involved with this research. Visit www.rainmakerfiles.com or email info@rainmakerfiles.com.


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