Want affordable SDN products? Check the secondary market

Frankly (no pun intended), I have to admit that I’m growing increasingly frustrated with certain trends in networking.

For example, it’s not that I don’t like the dream or idea of software-defined networking (SDN) — it’s not that I don’t think it’s superior to the older way of setting up or monitoring a network. It’s just that I’m becoming increasingly concerned that small- to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) won’t be able to keep up. And the media that follows this trend isn’t really brining to light the extreme cost of some of these systems.

Pricewise, many of the product lines are intended for large networks. There’s no way that a smaller company could even begin to afford them. For example, one trainer told me that a certain SDN product was scaled to start at 500 site deployments!!

To top it all off, OEMs are encouraging techs and engineers to learn a scripting or programming language such as Python or Ruby. Most of the engineers or techs we talk to are so over-burdened that they have zero time to learn anything like this. And if they do, they will have to implement standard software control procedures. Who has time to do that? Hire more staff, you say? Not the easiest thing for SMEs to do.

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