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Matt Freestone, director of R&D and technology at OBT, said SDN brings the promise of making it easier for service providers to gain better control over their networks.
"I'm very broad in terms of IT skills," Freestone said. "But if I try to become an expert in networking, I wouldn't be able to do it. I have no ability to manage a network now at a deep level. But I would be able to do it with SDN."
Mark Allen, UC customer experience specialist, said his company is working on such massive projects as deploying 1.7 million Microsoft Lync seats in conjunction with that vendor in education environments. And in such environments, it may be necessary to quickly pull part of a network into a new project.
"That's where we can start working with Brocade to see how to better manage that traffic than in the past," Allen said. "For us, this can impact rapid growth. We don't want to be changing physical switches on the fly. We have five data centers globally, some of which are not even manned. With SDN, I can see what's coming, and be ready when it happens."