Managing Networks in a Software-Defined Future


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Since the late 1980s, the discipline of network management has kept up well enough with virtual notions in networks while continuing to rely heavily on the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). The rise of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) poses similar challenges to the ones brought to the systems management space by server virtualization and cloud computing, leaving practitioners to wonder how much retooling will be needed to cope in this new world. As the oldest enterprise-grade, open-source network management platform, OpenNMS has proved very adaptable so far. In this presentation, Jeff Gehlbach will highlight progress made so far integrating with OpenDaylight and other SDN controllers. Expect to learn how OpenNMS can gather inventory, serviceability, topology, and metric data from controllers and switches; how the results of OpenNMS analyzing that data can help make networks even smarter; and what opportunities for growth exist today and in the near future.