Companies such as Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:BRCD) see the OpenFlow technology as a way to challenge the hegemony of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:CSCO).
OpenFlow is currently a hot topic in data center and cloud networking
discussions as researchers try new types of routing or switching algorithms, or new applications, reports Light Reading.
“Specifically, Active Networking was an experiment to let users configure the router network. OpenFlow is more about giving a network owner a vantage point to watch over the entire network and issue orders to the troops.
‘This is about the owner and operator of the network modifying its behavior,’ says Nick McKeown, the Stanford University professor who’s been spearheading OpenFlow since 2008.