June 2015

The whole ecosystem could benefit from Cloud Security Open APIs, says Chenxi Wang

CipherCloud and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) are forming a Cloud Security Open API Working Group to jointly define protocols and best practices for implementing cloud data security as a part of the cloud access security broker (CASB) framework.

The Cloud Security Alliance is an industry coalition for promoting best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing. CipherCloud offers an open platform for cloud application discovery and risk assessment, data protection – searchable strong encryption, tokenization, data loss prevention, key management and malware detection – along with user activity and anomaly monitoring services.

 “Cloud is the killer app for security innovation,” said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. “But currently, inefficiencies at the technical level in the form of custom connector protocols can hold back innovations in cloud security. Defining a uniform set of standards can enable us all to operate from the same playbook. As a pioneer in CASB, we are excited to co-lead this initiative with CSA to accelerate security across clouds.”

In this video, Chenxi Wang talks about the need for cloud security open APIs as a means to govern how data is accessed, classified and protected within cloud applications.  The reason for cloud security open APIs is that everyone will benefit by a wider pool of contributors.


Read More

Open networking shifts the dynamics from hardware to the SDN business applications, says Kumar Srikantan

The whole Open Networking revolution is really about transforming how infrastructure is built, and changing the dynamics from switches and protocols to the business applications, says Kumar Srikantan, President and CEO of Pluribus Networks.

If you think about this, it's no different that what has happened in the world of mobile devices.  Android and iOS are not really about mobile telephony but rather a platform for other applications.

Open networking is all about enabling the next generation of applications.

Read More

Open is the way to innovate in your network, says VMware's Guido Appenzeller

Open is the way to innovate in your network, says Guido Appenzeller, Chief Technology Strategy Officer for VMware's Network & Security business unit.

If you go back 15 years, servers were closed too. Today, there are many choices for servers and it only takes a few clicks to spin-up a new VMs.  Networks need this same DevOps mindset.  The ability to pick the software that runs your network independently of the hardware is a huge step forward and will usher in the 'golden age of networking.'


Read More

Open networking is driven by sound economics says @Clearpathnet 's Cliff Young

Open networking is driven by sound economics, says ClearPath Networks' Cliff Young.

To head off the over-the-top challenge, network operators need solutions that are much more interoperable, much more flexible and much more software-defined.

Clearpath is excited about OPNFV as the common platform for service providers. Virtual CPE offers the potential to extend network functions directly to the customer.


Read More

By open, we mean not controlled by a single party, says Dan Pitt

Customers love open... but "open" has many different flavors and varieties, says Dan Pitt, Executive Director of the Open Networking Foundation.

 "We've been strong advocates of open SDN for a long time. " "

By open, we mean not just published, but not controlled by a single party. It is good that people are opening up and publishing. There are open standards, open specifications, and open interfaces. It is important that they be community-defined."


Read More

Everything that can be virtualized will be virtualized, says @Infinera's Stuart Elby

Open networking brings experts from across the industry together to focus on common problems, says Stuart Elby, SVP, Data Center  Business Group at Infinera.  This leads to faster time-to-market, more use cases, and more security, as more eyes can look out for vulnerabilities.

Disruptive innovations first occur through proprietary solutions but are later subsumed by the open source community.  We are on the verge of seeing that for SDN and NFV.

Everything that can be virtualized will be virtualized. However, no one has figured out how to virtualize photons. This means there are still real optical layer with photons moving through ROADMs, transponders and amplifiers.
Read More

Open Networking can help address the critical issue of complexity, says Ram Appalaraju

The big challenge is solving network complexity, says Ram Appalaraju, Executive Advisor to ONS.

It's come to the point where we need the entire community to put its weight behind open source projects.  There are several open networking initiatives at play here.  The minimum bar is extracting the control plane from the data traffic, but beyond that customers are expecting very high scalability, high throughput etc.

Read More

Open Networking represents a major shift but follows what we've seen in the data center, says Prodip Sen


Over the last few years there has been a major shift in networking with the arrival of SDN and NFV, says Prodip Sen, CTO of Network Functions Virtualization for HP.

The transformation underway in telecom networks is occurring pretty much like what happened in data centers, says Sen, where many companies collaborate on open source projects.

Read More