May 30, 2012, 8:48 PM — Cisco will make software defined-networking (SDN) product announcements at its CiscoLive conference in June that will show initial steps in how it plans to roll out the fledgling technology.
The products are expected to adhere to Cisco's new Open Programmable Environment for Networking, or Cisco OPEN, SDN architecture. Though product details are unavailable, one of the products may include Cisco Connect, which is designed to improve cloud computing connectivity for branch offices.
"Cisco will be making significant product announcements at CiscoLive," said Shashi Kiran, senior director of Data Center/Virtualization and Enterprise Switching at Cisco, during a wrap-up of prepared remarks during a conference call this week conducted by investment firm Morgan Stanley. "This is a good transition point for the industry."
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Cisco has also promised to add OpenFlow to its Nexus data center switches. And start-up/Cisco spin-in Insieme Networks is developing what many believe is the next generation of Cisco's Nexus switching line, with programmability hooks.
"Insieme fits into our strategy; it does not define it," said David Ward, chief architect and CTO of Cisco's Service Provider division.
Cisco's multipronged SDN strategy was reiterated by Kiran and Ward during the conference call. The officials stressed that SDNs will augment current network and Internet functionality -- not replace it - and that customers will adopt various flavors of SDNs based on their particular needs or requirements.
"I'm not sure there is a killer application for SDNs that can't be achieved in architectures today," said Kiran "Its promise is simplification."