“The most interesting part of building our house was choosing the brick and trim,” explains Randy Cross, Director of Product Line Management at Avaya, “but in Texas with clay soils, the most IMPORTANT element was the foundation.”
This podcast explains that much of the SDN hype today centers on the outer elements of SDN – API’s, controllers, and SDK’s. However, Avaya’s contention is that the most important architecture element (and the greatest source of complexity) of SDN is in the underlying network. In fact, an SDN implementation that does not remove complexity simply shifts the complexity problem from the CLI jockeys to the programmers — yeah, it sounds better, but there is no net simplicity benefit.
Ethan, Greg, and Randy have a lively discussion around how Avaya’s SPB-based underlay actually removes complexity and becomes a great foundation for an SDN implementation. Take a listen, be entertained, and perhaps even learn something.
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