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Interfaces, Attributes, and Use Cases: A Compass for SDN

posted Jun 17, 2014, 12:53 AM by Tobias Hoßfeld   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 7:47 AM by Corinna Schmitt ]
The IEEE Communications Magazine article "Interfaces, Attributes, and Use Cases: A Compass for SDN" by Michael Jarschel, Thomas Zinner, Tobias Hossfeld, Phuoc Tran-Gia, Wolfgang Kellerer is published in the June issue 2014.

The term Software Defined Networking (SDN) is prevalent in today's discussion about future communication networks. As with any new term or paradigm, however, no consistent definition regarding this technology has formed. The fragmented view on SDN results in legacy products being passed off by equipment vendors as SDN, academics mixing up the attributes of SDN with those of network virtualization, and users not fully understanding the benefits. Therefore, establishing SDN as a widely adopted technology beyond laboratories and insular deployments requires a compass to navigate the multitude of ideas and concepts that make up SDN today. The contribution of this article represents an important step toward such an instrument. It gives a thorough definition of SDN and its interfaces as well as a list of its key attributes. Furthermore, a mapping of interfaces and attributes to SDN use cases is provided, highlighting the relevance of the interfaces and attributes for each scenario. This compass gives guidance to a potential adopter of SDN on whether SDN is in fact the right technology for a specific use case.