Freescale, Broadcom Offer SDN Solutions for Chips
"The openly published OF-DPA specification, software and API exposes OpenFlow compliant programming constructs over Broadcom's StrataXGS Ethernet switch series," Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager of Broadcom's network switch business, said in a statement. "By mapping the OpenFlow 1.3.1 pipeline to a high bandwidth and high density switch silicon like the StrataXGS Trident Series, we are enabling SDN applications to achieve high performance and scale." A beta version of OF-DPA v1.0 is available now from GitHub, and generally availability is expected this month. SDN has a promising future as organizations look to deal with such trends as big data, cloud computing, greater worker mobility, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and video, which require networks that can rapidly adapt to changing demands and can be programmed in minutes and seconds rather than weeks and months. Interest from Web-based companies like Google and Facebook also is helping drive the technology. Infonetics Research analysts in December said they expect the SDN market will hit $3.1 billion by 2017. A recent survey by Quinstreet Enterprise, which publishes eWEEK, found that there is a growing interest among organizations to bring SDN into their environments, but that it's still an emerging technology that will take awhile to see widespread adoption. The survey—"2014 Data Center Outlook: Data Center Transformation—Where Is Your Enterprise?"—also found that most businesses that are looking to deploy SDNs are opting for larger, established networking vendors that can offer solutions on converged infrastructures rather than smaller, software-only companies. That's good news for vendors like Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Juniper Networks, VMware and Dell, which are building out their solutions for SDN and NFV while competing with a range of smaller startups that also are looking to gain traction in the space.
SDN also is getting the attention of various industry groups—including ONF and the OpenDaylight Project—that are looking to create standards around the networking trend.