Yesterday, Brocade announced at the annual Analyst and Technology Day that we have shipped more than a million OpenFlow-enabled router ports to date. So, what does that mean in the evolving world of SDN?
Have you ever had a situation when you came across a feature on a gadget/appliance you already own, that suddenly improves your productivity? Discovering OpenFlow on an MLX port is kind of similar! And the capital cost you incur to evaluate OpenFlow for a specific use case on an MLX infrastructure? Zero! Because every MLX port shipped to date can be upgraded with software to support OpenFlow.
As the market moves from the initial enthusiasm of OpenFlow to more practical deployments, it is logical to ask a few pertinent questions:
If you have MLX deployed in your network infrastructure today, try out OpenFlow. There is no cost to creating a slice of your infrastructure for OpenFlow and having it concurrently coexist with your existing network protocols/present mode of operation. You may discover a more programmatic way to solve problems such as service chaining, traffic steering or others.