A lot has happened since the Interop* Las Vegas conference in May, where Intel demonstrated its support for software-defined networking (SDN).


Now, as we get ready to take the demos to Interop Tokyo, nearly all of the major switching vendors have pledged to support SDN, and International Data Corporation (IDC)* has predicted that the market will grow from $200 million in 2013 to $2 billion in 2016.


The primary growth driver, according to IDC Group Vice President Lee Doyle is “highly virtualized network environments and customers who need programmable networks. Customers have always wanted to tune the network, but network management tools have been poor or non-existent."


SDN, and its leading protocol OpenFlow, change all of that, giving more management control to multi-vendor networks.


At Interop Japan, we will team up with NTT Data* to demonstrate that management control using a combination of NTT Data’s OpenFlow controller and the Intel Barcelona 10GbE top-of-rack switch.


The demo will show how Barcelona performs when it is controlled by the NTT Data OpenFlow software control plane.  We’re expecting that Barcelona will deliver its full non-blocking performance on all 48 10GbE ports and four 40GbE ports with latency of only 400ns for L3 switching.


Interop Tokyo will run from June 12-15, and I will be there, along with other technical and local experts to answer your questions.