SDNCentral SDN and NFV Weekly Roundup – September 20, 2013

SDNCentral SDN and NFV Weekly Roundup – September 20, 2013

Here’s our grouping of the week’s additional news and analysis on software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

1. Distributed NFV and the Management Problem

On Tuesday, RAD Data put out a press release teasing a technology called Distributed NFV, to be announced at Interop on Oct. 2. It’s going to have something to do with NFV at the customer premises or the outer edge network. Layer 2/3 demarcation, a RAD specialty, will also be involved.

The concept touches on an important point: There’s probably going to be no single, universal management system for NFV, as analyst Tom Nolle of CIMI Corp. writes on his blog. Distributed NFV shows how NFV is likely to broaden — Nolle agrees it can be a fit for customer-premises equipment — but at the same time, NFV won’t go everywhere. NFV will probably never encompass optical transport, for instance.

All of that means having a split management system (which Nolle considers anathema) or getting management schemes to harmonize. “I believe that the management evolution of NFV, an evolution that’s likely to evolve from the liaison between the NFV ISG and the TMF [TeleManagement Forum], is the most important element in the success of NFV in the long term. It’s also the most important element in the continuing relevance of the TMF and OSS/BSS concepts. This is a test, folks,” Nolle writes.

2. VCE Upgrades Itself

VCE introduced the new Vblock System 340, which, as you might expect, kind of packs the latest of everything, including the latest edition of EMC‘s VNX hybrid storage platform, vSphere 5.5, and an option to add one of Cisco‘s Nexus 3000 switches.

More radical is the new ability for VCE to ship customized Vblocks. The product’s modular nature makes customization a no-brainer of a feature, but it’s had to be done at the customer site because the number of options is so large, says Trey Layton, VCE’s CTO. The company has now made the customization process scale, so that “we’re only doing 10 or 20 percent of the customization [jobs] in the field,” he says.

3. You Still Can’t Escape VMware’s NSX

Over at SearchSDN, Teren Bryson offers the opinion that VMware‘s NSX network-virtualization platform could start an IT turf war.

Separately, you can now play around with NSX using VMware’s online lab portal.

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