BANGALORE, INDIA: Shashi Kiran, senior director, Market Management, Data Center/Virtualization and Switching, Cisco, in an interaction with Deepa Damodaran of CIOL, talks on Cisco's role in the software-defined networking space, and why though the recent VMware-Nicira and Oracle-Xsigo will result in some similarities between the products, it will neither pose a threat nor make Cisco complacent in its stance. Excerpts:
CIOL: What is Cisco's strategy around software-defined networking and OpenFlow?
Shashi Kiran: Recently Cisco unveiled its Open Network Environment strategy - popularly called Cisco ONE.
Software defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow are integral aspects of the Cisco ONE strategy. Cisco believes that the strategic nature of the network, the transformative role of data centre and cloud are all causing the industry to look at new ways of delivering simplicity and agility.
As part of this strategy, Cisco announced a comprehensive set of APIs, agents and controllers as well as solutions for virtual overlay networks.