SDN and packet-optical firm Cyan witnessed this conflict across their service provider customers.
Kenny Muir, sales director at Cyan said: "It is certainly a bigger problem for the large telcos. The small guys have leaner companies and tend to get over it quicker but, sadly, the big guys have a big problem because it is two completely different mindsets."
Bye bye CLI
The mainstream adoption of SDN will have a knock-on effect for software developers, HP added. As vendors look to AWS and Google for best practices in cloud operation, user interfaces are becoming easier for customers to use and removing the need for CLI.
HP's marketing lead Hamid Lalani said: "People who have learnt CLI all their lives will have to move on - just call it life."
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