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Software is Going to Define the Network: Swapna Bapat, Brocade India

Sejuti Das | June 29, 2016
Swapna Bapat, Director for Systems Engineering, Brocade India believes that the biggest challenge with SDN, are the misconceptions organizations associate with it.

How unique is Brocade's approach to SDN? What makes you stand out in the market?

Brocade believes that open networking solutions and architectures are the future of networking, and they are critical to the success of SDN. One way we are demonstrating that, is through our work with OpenDaylight for the Brocade SDN Controller.

Brocade SDN Controller is the first commercial controller built directly from OpenDaylight code, without any proprietary extensions or platform dependencies. This presents a low-risk for customers who are newly adopting SDN. Users can freely optimize their network infrastructure to match the needs of their workloads, and develop network applications that can be run on any OpenDaylight-based controller.

These new solutions reinforce Brocade's leadership in open source SDN, providing greater innovation, interoperability and choices, while eliminating vendor lock-in for customers. We offer scalable, SDN-enabled and SDN-ready networking platforms, including our MLX Series router, Brocade VDX switch and Brocade ICX switch families.

How do you compare Indian and global markets on SDN adoption and usage?

SDN has potential to transform the networking landscape. The networking architecture landscape in India is in a state of transition and software-defined model can enable significant advantages, making it the logical solution every organization turns to for better efficiency and security.

India is at a critical juncture, where organizations now are in a need to move forward and start adopting innovations like SDN, to be able to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment. The challenges and opportunities associated with the explosion of cloud, mobility and big data are growing dramatically, putting immense pressure on networks. A software-defined network can successfully alleviate a lot of that pressure.

In India, the enterprises are showing lot of interest in SDN and NFV, and these technologies may soon achieve a critical mass. The good and the bad thing is that India is s a phase late than what is happening in the US. By virtue of that, in India, there is always a first tier demand and a second tier demand. So we have a lot of time to learn from experiences of the users in the US market.

The Indian market is much different from rest of the Asia or even from the U.S. There are many universities in U.S. and some web tech companies around the world, that are using SDN for some time now, through what we call a pragmatic approach.

What type of traction could be seen around internet of things these days? And how do you meet the evolving expectations of customers?

These days a lot of investment goes into spectrum and the ARPUs of mobile network operators are also declining. In such a scenario, a great avenue for generating opportunities could be internet of things.


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