Over at Enterprise Storage Forum, Henry Newman from Instrumental writes that all the hype about Software Defined Networks has him wondering about the challenges and issues that need to be considered when evaluating software solutions that were once designed using ASICs for both storage and networking.
In a nutshell, what I see happening: storage will use commodity hardware, even for the most part SSDs, just given the sales volume required to develop your own ASICs. But high-end networking will continue to develop its own ASICs, given that commodity hardware will not be able to meet the needs for performance and latency required in large core switches. Low and mid-range networks, which are not as latency sensitive, will continue to move toward software on commodity hardware.
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