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Sudhir Modali

Adding a Full API to PicOS

October 13, 2015 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster

Pica8′s PicOS is a Linux network OS based on Debian. This makes it easy for our customers to integrate their own tools or applications within PicOS. We are compatible with all the leading DevOps tools, such as Puppet, Chef, and Salt; and of course, we support OpenFlow. But what if you [...]

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Steve Garrison

Is OpenFlow the Cornerstone of Differentiated Services?

September 8, 2015 | Steve Garrison | In the trenches with Steve

A key question our customers keep asking us is “How can SDN help me differentiate my company’s service offerings?” This is a key point. Any new technology needs a compelling reason to act, and if your business needs to grow, service differentiation is a way to achieve that growth. Technology, [...]

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Sudhir Modali

Are white box switches less secure?

September 3, 2015 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster

Are white box switches less secure than proprietary alternative switches like Juniper or Cisco? Gregory Pickett, Founder of Hellfire Security, did a presentation about white box security during the last Black Hat conference, triggering a multitude of news articles which we will analyse in this post. Without dwelling on the all [...]

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Steve Garrison

Which SDN Camp Are You Going To?

July 7, 2015 | Steve Garrison | In the trenches with Steve

Its summer! And that usually means most people go on vacation and in my house at least, that means we go camping at least once. We recently went to Camp Mather, up in the Sierras near Yosemite. At the camp, you can stay in the tent section, or the cabin section. [...]

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Calvin Chai

How More Services Providers Are Thinking ‘Outside In’

June 23, 2015 | Calvin Chai | Musings on SDN

June usually signals two things in my household: the end of the school year, and the beginning of the trips to the multiplex for the latest family-friendly animated movie. This year is no different, and from everything we’ve heard, Disney / Pixar’s latest entrant, Inside Out, is a winner. While animated [...]

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Steve Garrison

The White Box SDN Twitter 45

June 2, 2015 | Steve Garrison | In the trenches with Steve

With SDN and white box news flying fast and furious through the Internet, it can be hard to keep up with really great articles. Twitter is a great place to monitor breaking White Box and SDN news, but where do you start? This blog presents a list of 45 top [...]

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Sudhir Modali

Demystifying myths in the networking industry

April 17, 2015 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster

I have great respect for my previous company, Cisco Systems, and truly believe that the company has successfully brought a disruptive approach of applying network technologies to answer major business challenges. Working at Cisco was like being conferred with an honorary doctorate from an Ivy League school in engineering, management, leadership [...]

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Calvin Chai

The Flip Side of Overlays

April 16, 2015 | Calvin Chai | Musings on SDN

Why Labeled BGP on White Box Will Disrupt How We Buy Routers For those of us that are old enough to have or remember a record collection, there is familiarity (and probably a little nostalgia) for the term “flip side.” In this context, flip side refers to the B-side of a [...]

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Steve Garrison

White Box Acronym Soup

April 1, 2015 | Steve Garrison | In the trenches with Steve

The LightReading blog, Open Networking Acronym Soup, covers all the interest groups, communities and standards bodies that are driving this idea of Open Networking, which in itself is a grab bag of topics around SDN, NFV and of course white box/bare metal switches. A recent blog post struck a chord [...]

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Calvin Chai

Zero Touch Provisioning in a Bare Metal World

January 12, 2015 | Calvin Chai | Musings on SDN

Who doesn’t like automation? If you’re speaking to somebody in IT, then the short answer is “nobody”. While the term Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) might be increasingly more common to networking, the concept of automation has existed for years in IT. At its core, ZTP is an automation solution [...]

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