Tag Archives: SDN

Networks For The Next Generation: OpenDaylight Hits Critical Mass

By | August 3, 2015

An overarching trend sweeping the industries that combine to create IT infrastructure is the embrace of open, inter-company collaboration on core technology. There have been plenty of examples of corporate affection for open source of late, however the trend was on full display at the recent OpenDaylight Summit where network hardware vendors, component suppliers, telecom companies, software developers… Read More »

Software Eats the Data Center: VMware’s Gelsinger Outlines IT’s Software-Defined Future

By | May 11, 2014

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger used his Interop keynote to lay out a four-pronged strategy for building what the company has coined the software defined data center, adding details and customer testimonials to a concept he initially described last year. Besides the firm’s ubiquitous server virtualization products, which abstract compute resources into customizable chunks that can be reconfigured and… Read More »

SDN Strategies Part 4: Big Switch, Avaya, IBM,VMware

By | May 3, 2014

This series on SDN products concludes with a look at Big Switch’s updated SDN strategy, VMware NSX, IBM’s hybrid approach, and Avaya’s focus on virtual network services. My last post in this series on vendors’ SDN strategies looked at SDN products from Juniper, Dell, Brocade, and Alcatel-Lucent/Nuage. In this final post of the series, I examine how Big… Read More »

SDN Strategies Part 3: Juniper, Dell, Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent

By | May 3, 2014

In the third part of this series examining vendors’ SDN products, I discuss Juniper’s network overlay approach and three other vendor strategies for tackling software-defined networking. In my last post in this continuing series on vendors’ SDN strategies, I looked at SDN products from Cisco, Arista, and HP. In this blog post, I will examine the various ways… Read More »

SDN Strategies Part 2: Cisco, Arista, HP

By | May 3, 2014

In the second part of this series examining vendors’ SDN products, I look at Cisco ACI, Arista’s programmable approach, and HP’s commitment to OpenFlow. In the first part of this series on vendors’ SDN strategies, I discussed the SDN landscape and the most recent InformationWeek SDN Survey, which showed that most vendors have a long way to go… Read More »

SDN Strategies Part 1: Vendors Vie For Market, Mindshare

By | May 3, 2014

It’s a land grab in the software-defined networking market, with heavyweights and startups rolling out an array of technologies for automating the network. While software-defined networking is key to every networking vendor’s product strategy, that doesn’t mean IT is buying the message. In fact, InformationWeek’s most recent SDN Survey shows that most vendors earn a failing grade when… Read More »

The Changing Face of Software Defined Networking: Addressing Actual Business Problems

By | May 3, 2014

Software defined networking (SDN) has evolved from the slick new technology only a network geek could love to a key pillar in new strategies designed to simplify and automate network configuration and service management. SDN controllers, the brains running these next-generation networks, were once synonymous with OpenFlow, the network control protocol used to manage centrally manage traffic. However,… Read More »