Let’s look at the software defined networking space. It’s one of the buzzwords in the market you’re hearing more about, along with network virtualization, network function virtualization (NFV) and things like Overlay versus OpenFlow.
So when you look at the service provider layer, the big noise is driven by the energy around the emerging OpenFlow standards and the Nicira acquisition by VMware.
And what that has focused the market right now and in the immediate future not on the customers’ ability to control and deliver applications, but has been about helping service provider deliver a better cloud. Service Provider SDN is about “help me deliver a better cloud. Help me run my data centers as a global service provision business.” All those things in the infrastructure are good for customers, but not directly. There are really only indirect benefits in Service Provider SDN for most companies.
There’s an incredible amount of innovation going on below the line, and service providers are growing with better service and federation. This growth is all part of the compelling reasons why cloud infrastructure is growing and growing and assuming such a dominant part of our landscape.