Cisco reveals OpenFlow SDN killer

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - April 3rd, 2014

Cisco is this week unveiling an alternative to OpenFlow for software-defined networking and proposing it as a standard, while adding it as a vital component of the company’s new programmable architecture.

Big Switch hopes to drive OpenFlow adoption

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 27th, 2013

In an effort to accelerate the adoption of OpenFlow for software-defined networking, Big Switch Networks this week unveiled an open source-based “thin” virtual switch for servers and commodity switches. Switch Light is software that can be deployed on server hypervisors […]

VMware to acquire OpenFlow pioneer Nicira for $1.26 billion

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 24th, 2012

Continuing its push to virtualise all aspects of the data centre, VMware is acquiring software-defined networking firm Nicira for US$1.26 billion, the companies announcedyesterday. “I believe we have the same opportunity to do […]

HP takes first steps into OpenFlow

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 5th, 2012

HP has announced it is taking its first leap into OpenFlow-enabled network equipment, supporting the standard on 16 of its Ethernet switch products as it attempts to gain a foothold in a market […]

Avaya extends SDN offerings

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - February 26th, 2015

Avaya this week extended its SDN arsenal with an architecture and supporting products designed to simplify enterprise connectivity and application provisioning.

Brave new world

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 25th, 2014

Converged infrastructure has become a hot topic in recent months, with industry leaders putting forward bold new claims about the future of IT.

The differences between SDN, network virtualisation and Network Functions Virtualisation

Steve Garrison, VP, Marketing, Pica8 by Steve Garrison, VP, Marketing, Pica8 - February 12th, 2014

Steve Garrison, VP, Marketing, Pica8 examines how NV, NFV and SDN differ and how each moves us down the path toward programmable networks.

Software Defined Networks – the future of networking?

Muhammad Rehan Sami, Senior Solution Architect, Business, Etisalat by Muhammad Rehan Sami, Senior Solution Architect, Business, Etisalat - January 23rd, 2014

SDN is a technology that promises to be the next big thing not only for IT organisations and networking vendors, but also for service providers, says Muhammad Rehan Sami, Senior Solution Architect, Business, Etisalat

Brocade launches high-density 10/40 GbE Network Switch

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 25th, 2013

Campus networking solutions vendor Brocade has unveiled its ICX 7750 fixed-port, high density 10/40 GbE switch.

Facebook networking chief: No more secret ASIC commands

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - October 6th, 2013

Facebook’s head of network operations has great expectations for software defined networking (SDN), though he may not be relying on commercial hardware vendors to bring SDN to the social networking giant’s own infrastructure.

Cloud and data centre virtualisation uptake hampered by ageing legacy systems, Brocade finds

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - July 9th, 2013

The biggest barrier to adopting these new technologies, Brocade said in a statement, seemed to be having to sustain – at great cost – ageing legacy systems.

Chambers: Cisco waited too long to address SDNs

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - June 30th, 2013

Cisco waited too long to address the software-defined networking trend now sweeping the industry, Chairman and CEO John Chambers said last week at the Cisco Live conference.

Netgear to target mid-market with future SDN capability

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - May 12th, 2013

While much of the hype for software-defined networking is focused on large-scale data centre deployments, some companies are taking a different angle. According to Laurent Masia, a product line manager for Netgear, the […]

Juniper closer to Cisco in shipping SDN brains

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - May 6th, 2013

Juniper Networks this week will extend its SDN offerings with the release of its controller, roughly six months ahead of schedule. The controller technology obtained from the acquisition of Contrail Systems is now called JunosV Contrail. It […]

Brocade unleashes a data centre barrage

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - May 1st, 2013

Brocade this week extended its data centre networking portfolio with hardware and software enhancements designed to better integrate and align physical and virtual resources. For virtual networking, Brocade rolled out the vRouter virtual router, obtained […]

Soft launch

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - April 3rd, 2013

The idea of software-defined networking (SDN) has taken off, though it has hardly seen a launch of epic proportions. We investigate the benefits behind the new networking trend, and examine why the Middle […]

Dell in SDN standardisation push

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 17th, 2013

Even though standards bodies like the Open Networking Forum (ONF) are leading the effort to standardise software-defined networking, Dell has proposed an SDN working committee within the Object Management Group. OMG is an […]

Is VMware in trouble?

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 5th, 2013

It would be hard to disagree with the opinion that VMware has had a tough couple of weeks. In the last week of January, the company revealed through a financial filing its plans to lay […]

HP uses SDN to scale up TippingPoint

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 4th, 2013

HP announced last week that it plans to use its recently unveiled SDN controller to distribute its TippingPoint intrusion prevention system across networks. This will help to overcome the scale limitations of dedicated […]

Nicira CTO shares sneak peek of company’s SDN plans

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - December 12th, 2012

Nicira, the software-defined networking (SDN) startup that VMware purchased for $1.2 billion earlier this year, plans to release an SDN product that runs independent of the underlying hypervisor and hardware that will work in VMware environments and […]

Alcatel-Lucent enters crowding SDN field

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - November 28th, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent’s enterprise division this week jumped into the SDN market with a strategy to fortify products to enhance network programmability and virtualisation. The company is augmenting its Application Fluent Network strategy with a software-defined networking plan […]

EMC’s Tucci: Global economy hinges on US budget deal

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - November 13th, 2012

EMC CEO Joe Tucci on Monday called for CEOs to put pressure on U.S. politicians to strike a budget deal, saying that the direction of the domestic and global economy depends on it. […]

10 critical IT trends for the next five years

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - October 23rd, 2012

Trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to IT issues is not a job for the faint of heart. That point was driven home at Gartner’s IT annual IT Symposium […]

HP takes aim at Cisco, Juniper with SDN market invasion

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - October 3rd, 2012

HP this week will unveil a software-defined networking portfolio that spans infrastructure, control plane operations and applications in an effort to lead the emerging SDN market. HP will roll out its own SDN controller, a separate control […]

Tryst with a new destiny

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - August 1st, 2012

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you have probably heard of software-defined networking. And you have heard it from different angles. Undoubtedly, SDN is the […]

Internet2 doubles down on big-science mission

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 18th, 2012

Internet2 is refocusing on providing a high-capacity network for pushing the boundaries of science and technology, which could help to foster the next hot Internet application, an executive said at the organization’s summer […]

HP partners with F5 to enable app deployment ‘in minutes’

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - May 8th, 2012

HP today announced a partnership with Application Delivery Networking (ADN) company F5 to introduce technology that allows enterprises to deliver policy-based orchestration across applications, networks and users. The new technology will offer what […]

Dell claims it has network virtualization architecture too

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 28th, 2012

Dell this week is throwing its hat into the virtual networking ring with an architecture that initially is long on vision but short on specifics. Virtual Networking Architecture, according to Dell, is a […]

Brocade unveils vision for the virtual enterprise

Sathya Mithra Ashok by Sathya Mithra Ashok - May 3rd, 2011

Brocade today introduced a new technology architecture – the CloudPlex –  that outlines the company’s vision and the technology investments it will make to help its customers evolve their data centres and IT […]

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