April 6, 2016

Midokura: Where Overlay Networks Can Edge out Software-Defined Networking

Container orchestration platforms don’t scale very easily by themselves. Containerization truly caught fire early last year when Docker Inc., CoreOS, and new players such as Weaveworks moved overlay networks out of the experimental stage. By providing a view and control of network resources, Overlay Networks can provide a way for containers-based operations to scale into the hundreds of nodes.

But maybe not the thousands. At the Open Network Summit in mid-March in Santa Clara, there was considerable discussion among networking experts about what the major telecommunications carriers call resource orchestration, and how its model of scaling nodes is unworkable, from their perspectives, for scaling at the level required for service orchestration – for addressing thousands of customers simultaneously with high-quality streaming. The telcos are holding out for a full software defined networking (SDN) infrastructure.

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