Mellanox, a company better known for selling Infiniband products, will open source its Ethernet switching code. It’s a response to software-defined networking and the commodification of networking gear.
BTI Systems has raised $10 million in third round funding and launched a new software-defined networking product that will span data centers.
More NTT Communications data centers with virtualized networks allow more enterprises around the world to see first-hand the financial and operations advantages of software-defined networking.
Intel’s funding of Big Switch Networks indicates that the commoditization of networking hardware is a few steps closer.
With all the excitement around software-defined networking, most people forget that OpenFlow, which helped jump start that conversation, is more than just virtualization. It’s the creation of a common hardware platform that will commoditize the router.
Companies spent roughly $1.6 billion buying networking startups in 2012 with one deal being responsible for the lion’s share of that total. Yet, even if VMware hadn’t purchased Nicira for $1.26 billion, networking deals and software-defined networking deals in particular, were red hot in 2012.
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.
Can a niche player build a business offering an offshore cloud to rival Amazon’s infrastructure as a service? Calligo wants to try. The startup has formed on the Channel Islands to provide an offshore cloud option for enterprises and eventually, an offshore personal storage account.
Huawei, six months after creating its enterprise networking division here in the U.S. is ready to make a big splash at Interop this year. The Chinese networking gear maker is the one thing Cisco’s CEO John Chambers fears and today’s announcements show why.
The havoc that OpenFlow is wreaking in the data center may also change the way we think of ISPs, and solve the spectrum crisis. OpenRadio is a project that hopes to use OpenFlow to create pools of broadband from Wi-Fi, cellular and other networks.