Juniper Networks expands SDN offerings with new partnerships

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - February 19th, 2017

Juniper Networks has announced technology alliance partnerships with a number security providers across a variety of critical areas, including endpoint security, cloud access security and network access control.

Huawei unveils SDN-ready solutions

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - December 15th, 2015

Huawei has unveiled its Agile Distributed WiFi solution along with its Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Protection solution. The launch marks the latest solutions under the Agile Network 3.0 concept, announced globally earlier this year and […]

Brocade launches SDN Controller 2.0

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - September 21st, 2015

Brocade has announced the launch of Brocade SDN Controller 2.0, a commercial distribution of the OpenDaylight (ODL) controller based on the Lithium ODL release, and two new software-defined networking (SDN) applications – Brocade Topology Manager and Brocade Flow Manager.

Huawei buys Amartus’ SDN division

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - July 14th, 2015

Huawei has bought the software-defined networking (SDN) division of Irish telecom software maker Amartus.

HP buying SDN company for NFV

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - May 27th, 2015

HP this week signed a definitive agreement to acquire ConteXtream, a provider of OpenDaylight-based SDNs for service providers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ConteXtream develops an SDN controller for Network Functions […]

The road to SDN

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - April 8th, 2015

The road to a software-defined network can be rocky without rigorous planning. We look at what it takes to make the daunting yet enriching jump.

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.

Busting SDN myths

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - April 15th, 2014

Software-defined networking (SDN) is the hottest thing going today, but there is considerable confusion surrounding everything from the definition of the term to the different architectures and technologies suppliers are putting forward.

The promise of SDN

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - April 8th, 2014

In partnership with CNME, delegates from Brocade hosted a roundtable at Jumeirah Emirates Towers on 24th March, which gathered a select group of IT leaders from around the region to discuss the future of Software Defined Networking and Ethernet Fabric.

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.

SDN – moving beyond the hype and realising its value

Taj El Khayat, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey, North, West and Central Africa at Riverbed Technology by Taj El Khayat, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey, North, West and Central Africa at Riverbed Technology - March 18th, 2014

To overcome the rigidity of the traditional data centre network, software-defined networking has emerged as a popular solution, says Taj El Khayat, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey, North, West and Central Africa, Riverbed Technology

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.

Oracle makes cloud advancement by acquiring SDN firm Corente

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 8th, 2014

Oracle is buying Corente, maker of SDN technology for WANs (wide area networks), in a strike against competitors Cisco and IBM. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close early this year, weren’t disclosed on Tuesday.

Cisco: SDN, internet of things main 2014 concerns

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - December 8th, 2013

Next year will see demonstrable evidence of the Internet of Things, real-time communications on the Web, and SDN-enabled platforms with killer applications for them, says Cisco.

Application services meet up with SDN in the cloud

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - November 6th, 2013

Enterprises and service providers are looking beyond collections of boxes and toward virtual data centers that are better at growing and changing, and now application services such as security and acceleration are about to fit into that picture as well.

Huawei unveils SDN-ready switch

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - November 4th, 2013

The Agile Switch S12700 uses a fully-programmable switching architecture, and automatic network deployment and management applications.

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 […]

Juniper addresses SDN, BYOD needs

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 7th, 2013

Juniper Networks has launched a new range of more widely programmable switches and management tools that aim to address provider and enterprise needs for software-defined networking (SDN) and bring your own device (BYOD) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Juniper buys SDN startup for $176M

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - December 13th, 2012

Juniper Networks this week acquired Contrail Systems, a startup that makes controllers for software-defined networks, for $176 million in cash and stock. Contrail was founded early this year by officials from Google, Cisco, Juniper […]

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 […]

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 […]

Outside the box

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 17th, 2017

The Dubai Municipality is mandated to fulfill the ambitions of Smart Dubai. Determined to modernise the organisation’s IT environment, the government arm’s IT team has set about consolidating its infrastructure.

Bapco selects Avaya for network transformation

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - December 28th, 2016

In line with its business objectives of digital transformation and rebranding, Bapco will deploy Avaya’s next-generation fabric networking technology to power the corporate network across its locations in Bahrain,

The soft sell

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 22nd, 2016

How aggressively will the region’s enterprises spend on network development over the coming 12 months, and are they ready to introduce widespread automation into their infrastructure?

Pathways to growth

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - December 16th, 2016

For the Middle East telecom market, 2017 could be a year of opportunities with the rise of IoT and digital services.

BT accelerates global investments in network services

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - November 8th, 2016

BT has announced it is accelerating its investment in dynamic network services by integrating a range of new technologies that will enable organisations to move towards a cloud-based IT consumption model and succeed in their ambitious digital transformation journeys.

Partnering for progress

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - October 24th, 2016

Facing pressure to develop new services quickly and to cut operational expenditures, telecommunications service providers are increasingly outsourcing their day-to-day network operations.

Red Hat, Ericsson partner to broaden open source offerings

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - October 24th, 2016

Red Hat and Ericsson have announced a broad alliance to deliver fully open source and production-ready cloud infrastructure, spanning OpenStack, software-defined networking (SDN) and software-defined infrastructure (SDI).

Breaking traditions

Eddie Fox, vice president, Network Services, MetTel by Eddie Fox, vice president, Network Services, MetTel - October 19th, 2016

Described as a cost-effective, high-quality and unified network solution, Eddie Fox, vice president, Network Services, MetTel, summarises the main reasons why businesses need to move away from traditional, WAN and consider adopting SD-WAN solutions.

Gigamon demos security delivery platform

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - October 18th, 2016

Gigamon is showcasing its security delivery platform and Visibility Fabric at GITEX, which provide “pervasive” visibility of network traffic, users and applications and to multiple security devices.

Fast and affordable

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - September 19th, 2016

Carrier Ethernet is projected to broaden its penetration in telecom networks as the ubiquitous technology for broadband access, cloud interconnect and wide area medium.

Measurable success

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - September 16th, 2016

From the Dead Sea to the Dalai Lama, Suhayeb Jaabo has taken in a lot in his career. The Magnolia RM Investment Group Head of IT has developed a fresh outlook on business and life, through an impressive CV that has spanned several of the Middle East’s prime locations.

The infrastructure of things

Glesni Holland by Glesni Holland - August 8th, 2016

Are networks prepared for the era where tens of billions of connected devices dominate the enterprise?

Cisco unveils new data centre technology

Glesni Holland by Glesni Holland - August 7th, 2016

Cisco has announced data centre technology innovations in three key areas: networking, hyperconverged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud orchestration, which aim to enable application-centric hybrid cloud deployments.

So far, yet so near

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 24th, 2016

Video collaboration has the potential to transform the culture of a business, connecting people from afar. How will the latest solutions in the space transform network demands and is the investment worthwhile in a region that values face-to-face meetings?

Etisalat launches virtual telecom function

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - July 20th, 2016

Etisalat has announced that it successfully on-boarded its first virtualised telecom function using Affirmed Networks’ virtualised Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution, which follows the launch of its first NFV telco cloud.

STC deploys Juniper Networks Contrail

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - July 18th, 2016

Juniper Networks has announced that Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has deployed Juniper Networks Contrail Networking to create automated cloud services for its customers.

The need for speed

Adrian Pickering, Juniper Networks by Adrian Pickering, Juniper Networks - June 22nd, 2016

Adrian Pickering, Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Juniper Networks, describes how businesses can be empowered by network innovations to compete in the fast-moving digital economy.

With open arms

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 22nd, 2016

The benefits of open source are well known – software that is largely free of charge, constantly updated and prevents vendor lock-in. How trusting are Middle East organisations to open source when it comes to one of the most important parts of an IT strategy – the network?

Going virtual

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - June 20th, 2016

Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) promises to significantly change the way telecom networks are built and operated. However, there remain several challenges to widespread adoption.

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