January 02, 2013, 10:52 AM — There was a lot of news and hype swirling around Software-Defined Networking in 2012, so what's on tap for 2013?
Significant advances are in store for SDNs this year, leading to even more in 2014. Some of the milestones expected in 2013 include:
- Advances in the OpenFlow standard
- Introduction of more SDN- and programmability-enabled products
- Progress in production and proof-of-concept implementations
- More applications written to SDN APIs and methodologies
- And coalescence around specific northbound and southbound APIs for application- and controller-to-switch interaction.
"We'll have QoS and security issues resolved" in OpenFlow 1.3 says Eric Johnson, CEO of Adara Networks, a Silicon Valley-based company that develops SDN software. "You'll see cloud controller software start to centralize around one version of OpenFlow. And then you'll also see northbound APIs and southbound APIs with greater use of Interface to Routing System (specifications) as well as OpenFlow."
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