The OpenDaylight community is comprised of leading technologists from around the globe who are working together to transform networking with open source. This blog series highlights the developers, users and researchers collaborating within OpenDaylight to build an open, common platform for SDN and NFV.
About David Bainbridge
David started working with the OpenDaylight Project a little over a year ago. He is involved with the discovery project, device identification and device management project, and the projects dealing with an intent interface. David has been working on network management solutions for over 20 years at various different companies in various states and joined Ciena Corporation in the San Jose area about the same time he got involved with the OpenDaylight Project
What is the biggest challenge facing networking today and how will SDN (and/or NFV) resolve it?
I think the industry is interested in being able to programmatically control their network regardless of the vendor or technology being used. Customers want to express a desire, i.e. connect A to Z with characteristics W, and have the “system” figure out how best to meet that desire given the existing and planned network state. This is the nirvana, but I think this is the problem that needs to be our focus. So often projects can get lost in the technology and lose sight of this goal.