Why SDN is Unnecessary for Enterprise Cloud [VIDEO]

Do enterprise private clouds need SDN? No, say top execs at OpenStack vendor Nebula.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Jun 16, 2014
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For many vendors, the cloud and Software Defined Networking (SDN) go hand-in-hand, but that's not the case with OpenStack vendor Nebula. In fact, according to both Nebula's CEO and founder, SDN is actually unnecessary for most enterprise cloud deployments today.

In a video interview, the two Nebula executives explain their views on SDN and the cloud. Nebula has its own OpenStack-in-a box technology that enables enterprises to set up and maintain private cloud deployments.

Nebula's founder and former NASA CTO Chris Kemp said that enterprises primarily want a private cloud that will integrate with existing networks.

"What some of these SDN technologies do is way more than most customers actually need," Kemp said.

Within OpenStack itself are two networking stacks: the Nova network and the newer Neutron SDN project. Kemp noted that Nebula runs the Nova network for its technology.

Nebula CEO Gordon Stit is also not particularly enthusiastic about SDN for private cloud deployments. Stit is no stranger to world of networking, having formerly served as CEO of Extreme Networks.

"I spent decades in networking, and you have to work with everything that is out there," Stit said. "Bringing SDN into the mix at this stage of the market isn't necessary and may be a mistake."

Watch the full video interview below:

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Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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