Chapter 9

Players in the SDN Ecosystem

Abstract

A technological shift as radical and ambitious as SDN does not happen without the contribution of many players. Chapter 9 takes a step back from the technology of SDN and reviews the individuals, institutions and enterprises that have had the greatest influence on SDN since its inception. Beyond the luminaries behind the early concepts of SDN there are many organizations that continue to influence the direction in which SDN is headed and its rate of growth. The impact of these other entities is sometimes positive and at other times adverse to the growth of SDN, but is in any case influential to its evolution. We classify the various organizations that have had the most influence on SDN into categories ...

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