Looking back at how 2013 was the most amazing year for software-defined networking (SDN) yet, I spent some time browsing the SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV) demos we hosted on SDNCentral during the DemoFriday series this past year.
(In case you haven’t encountered the series, a DemoFriday is a live webcast and demonstration featuring industry vendors and SDN analyts. You can interact with each SDN and NFV demo from the past year by watching the videos or downloading the podcast, slides, or an English transcript. Check it out here.)
While there are endless ways to rank each demo (i.e. number of registrants/attendees, coolness factor, downloads, video loads/plays, how fun the team was, etc.), it’s impossible for me to pick an absolute favorite.
So, in no particular order, here are my favorite demos of 2013:
- The former Timetra team at Nuage Networks captured what SDN is about — adding business value — in a session titled, “Network Virtualization Highlighting a Seamless Transition from Data Center to WAN.”
- Our first demo to feature a customer (CloudSigma), the Plexxi and SolidFire demo showed how to create SDN storage with QoS guarantees.
- Everyone’s been asking about Cisco‘s XNC (which was used in OpenDaylight). Now you can see how XNC can enable dynamic network configuration.
- Plexxi is the master at showing real-word integrations that add customer value. Check out how Plexxi and SolarWinds cooperate to enable data sharing.
- Juniper bought Contrail a year ago, and the result (no surprise) is a robust network control solution that shows off network virtualization and orchestration.
- DevOps is the word in networking for 2014. Be ahead of the curve and check out how Plexxi and Opscode can integrate DevOps and SDN for service delivery and automation.
- Our first demo! NEC excels a practical technology like a robust OpenFlow Controller that just works (it’s just too bad nobody has heard of them). We’d install NEC gear in our network any day. Check out, ”NEC Highlights ProgrammableFlow, Where OpenFlow SDN Meets OpenStack for Streamlined IT.”
- Who knew the optical network was so sexy? This demo with Calient shows how an (almost) all-optical data center could happen within an SDN-driven context.
- Analytics is key to prove the value of SDN and NFV deployments. Plexxi and Boundary were ahead of the curve in using SDN to deliver real-time network analytics management.
- Colt is a leading European service provider. When they tell us about what they are using in production, we listen, which is what makes the “SDN WAN Demo with Cyan, Accedian, and Colt Showing Seamless Service Delivery and Management Across Domains” very cool.
- Here’s another demo featuring a customer (ESNet), in conjunction with Brocade and Infinera, showing how multivendor solutions really work in the WAN for multilayer provisioning and network optimization.
- Something else of Cisco’s that everyone’s been asking about is onePK. So, watch how “Cisco Demos onePK With Developer Partner Glue Networks.”
- This “Brocade Demo of OpenFlow SDN in Hybrid Port Mode“ was an industry first.
- Cyan and Accedian teamed up again to show us “>WAN Provisioning and Cloud Service Orchestration.”
- Given the number of service providers, retailers, and financials who talk to us about DDoS, we figure Radware‘s adaptive-SDN DDoS-protection technique should be a favorite of security professionals.
- What’s not to like: Arista + Palo Alto Networks + OpenFlow to secure VXLAN.
Check out the demos and let us know which was your favorite!