Software Defined Networking (SDN) is rapidly being recognised as a disruptive technology that is going to change the way networks are built and operated. The mission of our Alliance is to foster a community to understand, adapt, and evaluate SDN technology for the Australia New Zealand (ANZ) region. Our specific goals are:
- To help organisations develop a strategy for transitioning to SDN,
- To ensure alignment with global SDN alliance partners and SDN technology trends,
- To establish an SDN test-bed for trialling and testing ideas prior to deployment, and
- To develop education and training material that will facilitate the necessary skill base.
We intend to achieve the above goals via workshops to discuss use-cases and platform experiences, test-bed and software development that can be shared across the community, and reports that outline results from evaluations. Target milestones for 2014 include:
- An SDN network comprising at least two inter-conncted sites in different states.
- A report documenting current experiences with SDN platforms, in particular open-source controllers such as POX, Ryu, and FloodLight.
- A scoping study of SDN use-cases and projects that can be tried on the SDN test-bed.
These milestones are preliminary and will be refined as the alliance matures.