25 April 2011
With the rise of cloud computing, many applications cease to live on the endpoint, and have now moved to massive data centers. So why continue to rely so heavily on the endpoint in a network infrastructure? This is the premise of a newly formed organization called the “Open Networking Foundation”, consisting of major industry players such as Microsoft, Google, Verizon, and several others. The mission of this group is to allow the configuration of networks in a similar way to computers, giving more control over the flow of data.
This software-assisted control, the group suggests, will enable service providers to perform functions such as adjusting bandwidth during peak hours, prioritizing specific data types or applications, and applying security measures to specific areas of a network. The group expects rapid innovation once their approach is adopted, with development already underway from several foundation members.
-McAfee Cloud Security