Jason Edelman does a very good job trying to explain “the what” and “the why” of Software Defined Networking. Somewhere in the middle I found a part that I recognize very well:
I’ll go out on a limb and say 90% of traditional network guys do not want to program the network or even automate the network in any way. They can’t fathom the idea of automating network tasks, forget about integrating 3rd party applications.
Confronted with network automation this is exactly what happens. Resistance comes before the change. But… From my own practice I can tell that once the same network guys are really getting into the ins and outs of automation and start to see the possibilities, there is no way back. These guys will push automation and even standardisation further than I could ever imagine.
The only question I have is: how can we tell these network guys that automation is more fun than what they are doing now? Or do they really need that time to overcome the resistance?