December 19, 2013 1 Comment
- Software licenses are inflexible and inhibit the dynamic nature of SDN and private cloud deployments.
- Networking vendors should be developing new software licensing schemes to support the dynamism of a virtual data center.
One aspect of SDN and private clouds that does not get much discussion, but will be as much of a hurdle as any technical issue, is licensing. The problem has many dimensions, but they all boil down to a single point: software licenses are inflexible. A software license entitles you to use a product in a specific manner, but many of the licensing schemes in use are not flexible enough to really support the dynamism of an SDN or a private cloud. I believe this, more than anything, will inhibit the growth of SDN, because a rigid license conflicts with dynamic demands. Read more of this post