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The power of Software Defined Networking appliances – SDNA

For Mobile World Congress we purchased the cheapest Intel server with 6 ports from the Amazon Store:

After installing Snappy Ubuntu Core and working with partners like Microsoft, F5, Dataart, Cybervision, Forgerock, ARM, Balabit, Zabbix, etc. and the Ubuntu Core engineering team, the server became this:

A switch, firewall and load balancer that shared performance data in real-time with Azure, was monitored by Zabbix from the cloud, device managed by ARM mbed Device Server, identity managed by Forgerock, an IoT wonder: AllJoyn compatible, being able to monitor local temperature and light intensity; making publicity via a connected scrolling display and an excellent robot arm controller.

Software is defining everything. For networking this means that software defined networking appliances (SDNA) will be able to do a lot more for a lot less. Via the Snap Store, software defined networking appliances can generate revenue and reduce churn for their owners, e.g. think customer premise equipment [CPE] for telecom and enterprises paying for software purchased for their personalised CPE.

At Ubuntu we are planning an even more impressive demo of SDNA for IoT World in San Francisco. If you think that you have better hardware, software or ideas than what we showed on Mobile World Congress, share them via the Snappy mailing list and your solutions might be shown on our booth…


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