Ahead of Cisco’s Insieme product launch, networking companies are busy explaining where they stand. Cisco’s launch will validate the threat of SDN while also trying to neutralize the threat that it and white-box networking pose to Cisco’s business.
Cisco’s plans to fight back against commoditization of its business are now clear. And the strategy should work … for a while.
Juniper, one of the big technology vendors in the crosshairs of the revolution occurring in the networking industry has finally decided to tell its story around the rise of software defined networking and OpenFlow. It’s going to have to walk a fine line.
Brocade joined the parade of vendors, large and small, trumpeting their software defined networking strategies. The company laid out a strategy that offers a Brocade-specific fabric as well as an ability to operate an OpenFlow network simultaneously with an existing network.
The buzz around OpenFlow is increasing with a few case studies out last month, some fundings and a new beta product from a vendor pushing a software-defined network controller. And now there’s a developing programming language for virtualized networks, called Frenetic.
Embrane, which builds tools that will enable cloud providers to scale out networking services faster and with less complexity, has raised $18 million in second round funding. The networking sector is heating up as virtualization complicates communication between servers and data centers.
OpenFlow may be one of the hotter buzzwords these days, but getting past the exuberance and down to brass tacks can be difficult because the technology can be applied many places. It also sprouts up in new contexts as the ecosystem around the technology expands.