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The Rise of Networking at VMworld 2013

Posted: August 23, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IBM, Microsoft, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Networking, Juniper, VMworld, NSX, Nuage, NetSocket, ADARA, Nicira

Next week VMworld kicks off at the Moscone center in San Francisco with much anticipation. I am looking forward to hearing about their integration efforts and enhancements to their networking solutions. More specifically, the NSX solution, now that they have a year under their belt with Nicira – it wasn’t quite fair to dig too deep at last year's show – I think the acquisition had only been completed 2 weeks (or was it 2 days?) prior to the show.

This year however, should contain a lot more content for those interested in networking. Indeed, VMware announced NSX earlier this year (available in 2H 2013) which integrates the Nicira NVP and vCloud Network and Security products into one platform. I think this was a smart decision, given that ESG research has indicated that network security is a top priority for organizations for 2013 (see ESG's Research Brief, 2013 Networking Spending Trends). We expect others will follow suit and my esteemed colleague, Jon Oltsik, who covers security for ESG, and I will continue to cover this topic in more detail.

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Will ONS Help SDN Cross the Chasm?

Posted: April 12, 2013   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Juniper, HP, Security and Privacy, Security, ONS, openstack, software-defined networking, SDN, ONF, Nicira, VXLAN, OpenFlow, LAN & WAN, Arista Networks

The RSA security conference was once limited to discussions around encryption algorithms and cryptography, attracting a limited and highly technical audience. Likewise, VMworld was once a Mecca for software developers and testers only.

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Is the World Ready for the Intersection of Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Security?

Posted: March 19, 2013   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Cisco, VMware, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Juniper, Sourcefire, HP, McAfee, Security and Privacy, Security, software-defined networking, SDN, Nicira, VXLAN, LAN & WAN, Brocade, Arista

A few years ago, software-defined networking (SDN) was an esoteric concept driven by academics. Some networking vendors were intrigued but many looked at it as nothing more than a science project. Fast forward to 2013 and networking vendors are tripping over each other to pledge their SDN support and crow about their SDN strategies.

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Software-defined Security?

Posted: August 27, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Check Point, Cisco, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Security and Privacy, Amazon, google, VMworld, Juniper Networks, Firewall, SDN, Nicira, OpenFlow, crossbeam systems, Public Cloud Service

Security continues to be a major hurdle for server virtualization and cloud computing so we are likely to hear a lot of cybersecurity buzz coming out of VMworld this week.

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Analyzing VMware's Acquisition of Nicira

Posted: July 24, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Endpoint & Application Virtualization, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Oracle, Security and Privacy, Citrix, software-defined networking, SDN, Nicira, Brocade, Public Cloud Service

While the dust isn't even close to settling, I've had some time to ponder VMware's acquisition of Nicira and discussed the deal with ESG networking guru Bob Laliberte.

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Open Networking Summit 2012 Plays to a Packed House

Posted: April 19, 2012   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Networking, HP, Open Networking Summit, Plexxi, Vello, software-defined networking, SDN, Intel, Verizon, ADARA, Nicira, OpenFlow, NTT

This week I attended the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara with 900 of my closest friends. Okay, maybe I am contributing to the hype around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) with a statement like that. It wasn't 900, there were only 899 in attendance (over 100 on a waiting list) and they were not all my friends, but I did meet a lot of really smart people and had a lot of great conversations. Those in attendance ranged from network engineers from large health care providers, senior executives from large service providers, hardware and software vendors, and more than a few venture capital and money management firms. The show seemed to be a good mix of speaking sessions that covered existing implementations, tools, vision for the future etc., as well as expo/demo time to review offerings and better understand the current state of commercially available solutions.

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Anticipating the Open Networking Summit

Posted: March 22, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Networking, Juniper, HP, ONS, openstack, BigSwitch, SDN, Verizon, Nicira, NEC, VXLAN, OpenFlow, NTT, QFabric, Arista Networks

We are a few weeks away from the Open Networking Summit ( which will be held in Santa Clara April 16 through 18.

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Software-Defined Networking Evolution (Not Revolution) Under Way

Posted: February 07, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Networking, HP, Juniper Networks, openstack, software-defined networking, SDN, Nicira, NEC, OpenFlow

Is it too early or too late to declare 2012 the year of SDN? A few weeks ago, IBM and NEC introduced integrated technologies around OpenFlow for enterprise data centers. Last week, HP announced OpenFlow support with 16 switch models. Finally, early this week, Nicira went public with its Distributed Virtual Network Infrastructure (DVNI).

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Nicira "Opens" Up About its Virtual Networking Plans

Posted: February 06, 2012   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IBM, IT Infrastructure, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Juniper, HP, Compute, BigSwitch, SDN, Nicira, NEC, OpenFlow, Server Virtualization, Arista

Earlier today, Nicira publicly emerged as a company from stealth mode with more than just an idea, but with a product and several customers actually using it. While many find that approach old school, I like the fact that they are more than just PowerPoint slides and buzzword bingo press releases. I like that they waited to publicly announce the company until they had built a working product and actually sold it to some customers. I wish more companies would do that.

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