The emergence of software-defined networking (SDN) over the past year signals a significant change in network design.
With about 15,000 registered for Interop 2013, the Mandalay Bay resort and casino was bustling with activity last week. The spring Interop show tends to be jam packed with vendors and attendees and this year did not disappoint. As you might expect, the topic of software-defined networking dominated the show floor, as well as many of the keynotes and sessions. What you might not have expected, therefore, was that a big honking physical network switch would take Best of Show honors.
Arista announces significant upgrades for its flagship 7500 core data center switch heading into the Interop show in Las Vegas this week. Not merely content to double its capabilities, Arista’s first major upgrade since its inception triples capabilities. While SDN has been all the buzz, Arista wants to remind organizations that hardware still matters and cloud scale environments will certainly take notice.
They say April showers bring May flowers, but for those in the tech industry, we know spring shows bring lots of new vendor product and solution announcements. And this year is no different. From a network perspective, it has already been a very busy year with numerous announcements coming at pretty frequent intervals. Just last week, leading into Interop, HP announced a significant upgrade to its FlexFabric solutions portfolio for data center networking, solutions that HP claims can drastically reduce network provisioning times and provide greater levels of automation.
Living in New England, the changing of the seasons always seems to bring anticipation of good things to come. Coming off a cold and moderately snowy winter, the spring brings about change, the return of our ability to see our grass, and the ability to go outside without three layers of clothing.
For those covering the networking space, this spring has been one chock full of announcements. In particular, there have been a slew of announcements related to software-defined networking technologies prior to the Open Networking Summit taking place next week in Santa Clara, CA.
It has been hard to keep up the sheer volume of announcements in such a tight timeframe, but here is a quick recap of the more notable ones I saw and are generating interest.
In today’s highly complex IT environment with multi-tier application architectures delivering apps and services, detecting and diagnosing code level performance problems can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. While it may be plain to the end-user that there is a problem, understanding where that problem originates and exactly what is causing it is difficult, and time consuming. Riverbed OPNET AppInternals Xpert addresses this challenge by combining end-user experience, transaction tracing, and application component monitoring for deep end-to-end application visibility. This latest release facilitates bi-directional workflows between operations and application development to expedite problem resolution.
Last week I attended the HP Industry Analyst Summit, a two day event in Boston to tell industry analysts what is going on at HP. This year’s summit had a very different feeling from the last one I attended two years ago.
The networking space will be getting a lot of attention in 2013 as new technologies and architectures are being announced and brought to the market. However, with organizations planning under the shadow of a potential fiscal cliff, what were the impacts to network spending and where will organizations actually be investing in 2013?
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives are having a significant impact on organizations' campus and branch network environments. In fact, one could argue that BYOD is rapidly becoming BYO3 as employees bring smartphones and tablets to work along with a laptop and all these devices are most likely leveraging corporate or guest WiFi services. It is not uncommon for an enterprise to see wireless connections spike by thousands of devices after a major holiday or new product release. However, this can create significant issues for IT when trying to deal with a surge in connections and contain any security threats. Legacy networks that require separate management of wired and wireless environments only compound the problem.
2013 is certainly starting off well for companies in the software-defined networking (SDN) space--just this week we have witnessed both an acquisition and an investment as more vendors seek to take part in this emerging market. Keep in mind, the week isn't even over yet!
Last week Cisco rolled out its unified wire and wireless solutions to better address challenges created from BYOD initiatives during Cisco Live in London. This week it is announcing a slew of new additions to its Unified Data Center Strategy that include additions to the Nexus switch family, an expansion of Cisco ONE strategy, and a new cloud connect solution. Makes one wonder about what they will announce next week....
The overall themes of this recent announcement were around the ability to scale the network, extend the data center to the cloud, and create a more open network environment.
NetScout has announced the nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch—a high-density modular switching chassis optimized for 10 and 40 GbE—and nGenius PFS Management software with unified management for large-scale deployments. The new products expand upon NetScout’s entry into the network visibility market with the nGenius 1500 series packet flow switch, and enable large enterprises and service providers to close the gap between network speeds and visibility tools.
Big Switch has come out of stealth mode and released an open software-defined networking (SDN) product suite centered around an OpenFlow Controller. Leveraging an open architecture, the suite takes advantage of a broad ecosystem of both northbound and southbound partners, which offer a wide range of deployment options. These commercially available, open SDN solutions represent a potential opportunity to accelerate OpenFlow adoption.
ESG Senior Analyst Bob Laliberte focuses on data center networking technologies and management software. He is particularly involved in tracking issues related to data center networking discontinuity, software-defined networks, and network optimization. An expert in data center management and services, Bob shares straightforward and thought-provoking insights that have made him a popular resource for IT vendors and the media alike. He is often quoted in publications such as PCWorld and Network Computing.
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