Re: [sop] [Sdnp] Fwd: SOP and SDN Question

Robert Raszuk <> Fri, 24 February 2012 16:00 UTC

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Hi Tom,

> 	Software DRIVEN Networks is all about network applications*and*  their interaction with network services and elements, of which a
> subset is Software*defined*  Networks (I.e.: OpenFlow).   We really need to pick a different term for Software Driven Networks because
> it is confusing everyone. People seem to equate "SDN" with OpenFlow without being clear about the "D".

"Software *defined* Networks (I.e.: OpenFlow)" ... well I see you seems 
to equate it too. That is not correct. Example: I can use OF protocol in 
my app to program the switches, but in the same time API to get the 
routes from bgp route reflectors. In fact I have this running in my lab 
today. How would you call it ? defined ? driven ? hybrid ?

 > We really need to pick a different term for Software Driven Networks
 > because it is confusing everyone.

I think you can debate for months what name to pick. However at the end 
it really does not matter.

What matters are actual network applications for network engineers to 
download, test and use to enhance their services to the users. And so 
far I see many more of them growing using fully or partially OpenFlow 
soil then purely on proprietary per vendor mixed API grounds.