Enterprise networkers have organized: Here are their demands

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A user group for enterprise IT managers is taking on software-defined networking, calling for new technologies they say would better serve enterprise needs.

On Tuesday, the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) announced initiatives behind four technologies that it says would help enterprises build and run their networks better.

There’s no shortage of platforms and protocols for software-defined infrastructure, including things like OpenFlow, OpenStack and ONOS (Open Network Operating System). But they were developed around the needs of vendors and service providers more than of enterprises, ONUG founder Nick Lippis said. His group wants to push along a few more pieces that aren’t there yet.

SDN (software-defined networking) has been around since 2009 and found its way into some major products and some enterprise and carrier implementations. SD-WAN, a variant for wide-area networks, is expected to grow quickly in the next few years.

Both place more control of infrastructure into software, which can bring new capabilities and let less expensive commodity hardware take the place of proprietary gear.

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