I spent a week in Beijing, participating in the OPNFV Summit which is a global event focused on the NFV market, primarily with carriers. I had a lot of engagement with the Chinese carriers and found that there is an amazing amount of collaboration within their ranks.
Back to back trips to Boston gave me an opportunity to talk open source and cloud from different perspectives with both Red Hat and OpenStack. There is a lot going on in this space and the trips showed that just as the open source movement has a lot of commonality, what really brings them together is the acceptance of opposing viewpoints.
There has been a lot of activity in the SD-WAN space, it is the “low hanging fruit” of SDN because it deals with point-to-point connections for the most part. Last year I predicted consolidation in the industry and we are seeing the beginning of that with the Cisco / Viptela acquisition.
Open source and networking are getting closer together as more innovation is being driven in the networking space by open source organizations, not proprietary vendors. The Open Networking Foundation and ON.LAB are merging to help drive more innovation by aligning resources.
Mesh networking, a staple in enterprise environments, is finally coming to the home in order to solve some of the nagging issues of coverage and performance. Google is leading the pack but there are plenty of other competitors lining up to try their hand in this space.
Everyone has to start their year with predictions of what will happen. Generally we’ll all be simultaneously right and wrong because nobody can predict the future. But the trend lines are there and I believe that we are heading towards some major changes in 2017.
Home WiFi is irreparably broken through a combination of poor products and inhospitable environments. Mesh networks may be the answer, but in dumbing down smart technology can we really end up with something that is both powerful and user-friendly?
Security is a mess. Half of the problems can be traced to vendors and the other half can be traced to customers. Part of the challenge on the vendor side is that they have the ability to claim capabilities without really spelling out what “secure” means. This needs to change.
The world of networking has two opposing forces, the customers and the vendors. Open networking has gotten a big boost from vendors in recent years through the efforts of groups like ONUG that advocate for customers, helping drive those requirements over to vendors for implementation.
Since its inception, software-defined networking (SDN) has primarily been viewed as a tool, driven in part by its fast acceptance through web-scale datacenters. But in reality there is an opportunity outside of the datacenter for SDN.