In recent months, I’ve been to several events where software-defined networking has been the main topic of discussion.  Now that I think about it, all of those events have been in the Silicon Valley, the epicenter of SDN.


Recently, I left that bubble to go to Interop in Las Vegas - and I’m finding that SDN is a big deal but it’s not the only thing going on in networking.


Of course, I talked about SDN because I’m focused that way.  But the overall show was about all of the topics that networking managers are concerned with like application intelligence, staffing, cloud vendor selection and how to kill Spanning Tree.  In fact, my recent search of the Interop site for the acronym SDN turned up only 19 references.


Why is this important?  While there is a huge amount of fire behind SDN in certain circles, the market at large has only a passing acquaintance with the technology.  I felt that Interop was a great opportunity for me to educate the wider audience on the benefits of the technology.


I took advantage of that opportunity by giving an overview of SDN technology and why it’s important and then discussing the Intel solution in a bit more detail.  This includes top-of-rack switch reference design called the Open Network Platform, the software elements and open APIs we have for OEMs dubbed Open Network Software and finally the Intel Ethernet Switch FM6000 series, the low-latency 10G/40G switch IC that is at the heart of the entire solution.


With this solution, we want to unleash the power of SDN for data center networking. One key step is education and that’s why the presentation at Interop was important.