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Software is Going to Define the Network: Swapna Bapat, Brocade India

Sejuti Das | June 29, 2016
Swapna Bapat, Director for Systems Engineering, Brocade India believes that the biggest challenge with SDN, are the misconceptions organizations associate with it.

Brocade can change the scenario for service providers by bringing in their cost to implement of internet of things to one tenth of their current cost. The way is by virtualizing the packet core, which is the part of the mobile network, and that today runs into multiple million dollars. The IoT will deliver benefits for everyone, from enterprises to municipal councils, but it is the value of information and knowledge that will see new players introduced and new business models emerge.

IoT is gaining popularity among Indian enterprises, government and consumers. Even at this early stage, it is starting to have a real impact by changing how goods are made and distributed; how products are serviced and refined; and how doctors and patients manage health and wellness. But to capture the full potential of IoT applications, it will require innovation in technologies and business models, as well as investments in new capabilities and talent.

The future is more oriented towards software. What do you think will be the future of hardware in coming years?

We have seen a huge shift towards software-defined architecture but what Brocade believes is that you can do software-defined architecture only when your hardware is capable to perform all the functions. For that, your hardware should be agnostic. Hence the physical hardware needs to be very efficient to support these high performance next generation overlays.

So we are building that capability to be the hardware infrastructure of choice for next generation. But the true promise of software-defined architecture is that it should lock customers in the hardware layer and let customers choose hardware from vendors providing maximum openness and maximum functionality.

The high-performance hardware, such as core data-center switches, that support more stringent I/O requirements, high throughput, and high reliability, is still crucial. The hardware always matters but it will be commoditised and modularised in the years ahead.

What is Brocade's roadmap for the next few years?

We are majorly focusing on next generation architectures, technologies and solutions. Along with that, we are investing heavily into the software side of the network, and we believe that software is going to define the network.

However, a very robust hardware is required to support software. Hence the physical hardware needs to be very efficient to support these high performance next generation overlays. So we are building that capability to be the hardware infrastructure of choice for next generation.

We are looking at being the specialists in data center solutions, helping our customers' transition to the New IP and guiding them on adopting latest technologies at reduced cost and ensuring increased revenues. Whether it is storage area networking, whether it is ethernet fabric, we continue to invest in automation, in maximum utilization of resources.

 

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