Open Source, Software-Defined Networking To Simplify The Enterprise

If you came here looking for something smooth and easy to digest, you may want to have a peek at a post above or below. All kidding aside, NEC's latest contribution to the enterprise realm is a real hum-dinger, digging deep into networking and efficiencies that all but the most hardened of IT administrators would fully appreciate. Let's start with a bit of background: NEC launched its ProgrammableFlow networking suite in 2011, which took advantage of the OpenFlow protocol -- a technology that enabled "complete network virtualization, allowing customers to easily deploy, control, monitor, and manage multi-tenant network infrastructure."

This week, the company is making a meaningful contribution to the OpenDaylight Project, dubbed "Hydrogen." The Project itself is a "community-led and industry-supported open source framework to advance Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)."  Basically, this is used in critical enterprise networks in order to smooth out network design and increase service agility. In the past, physical networks have largely been built as "silos" for each division, which means a ton of things are duplicated across a multifaceted organization. The goal here is to create synergy across those networks.

Take it from NEC: "The VTN addresses this issue by providing an abstraction that enables the complete separation of the network’s logical plane from its physical plane. In other words, it “hides” the complexity of the physical network and enables users to design and deploy any desired network for their customers, regardless of physical network or underlying operational characteristics. With the VTN, organizations can develop applications to program the network using Northbound APIs. Once the network has been defined using VTN, it will automatically be mapped to the physical network through the controller."

Enterprises interested in learning now can have a look at a demo that's ongoing at the first annual OpenDaylight Summit in Texas.
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