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Making the SDN Transition: First Steps

As software-defined networking moves beyond the hype, many organizations are contemplating plans for migrating to SDN. But getting started can be a challenge, given the complex nature of the SDN landscape with its assorted architectures and multitude of vendors. "The big question is do you have to buy into SDN whole hog — jump into […]

SDN Planning Under Way, Survey Finds

Software-defined networking is on more companies’ radars, but remains a couple of years from becoming a mainstream technology strategy, according to a recent report. Enterprise Strategy Group’s "The Evolving State of the Network," which drew upon a survey of more than 300 IT professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing and managing networking technologies, found that two-thirds […]

VMware NSX Momentum Continues in Q4

VMware (VMW) ended fiscal year 2013 with a strong quarter for its network virtualization platform, which will drive the virtualization vendor’s software-defined networking (SDN) strategy. Part of VMware’s big wins for the quarter include the addition of several major enterprises to its roster of customers, including McKesson, Starbucks, Medtronic,, China Telecom and "three out of the top five investment banks," […]

The Brave New “Flat” World of Software-Defined Networks (SDN)

VMTurbo Co-Founder Shmuel Kliger wrote recently in The Datacenter Journal on “The Brave New “Flat” World of Software Defined Networks (SDN)”. In his article, Shmuel argues that the rise of SDN is creating in the datacenter a revolution similar to that going on in the wider world – the “flattening” of the world by technology […]

OpenStack Summit highlights: SDN, Cloud and everything in between

The OpenStack ecosystem gets bigger with every meetup. This week’s OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong attracted a crowd of 3,000, along with dozens of vendors that leaped at the opportunity to show off their latest solutions. Arista Networks led the charge with the new 7000 X Series of programmable 10 GbE and 40 GbE switches. […]

VMware NSX: Game Changer for Data Center Networks

Now that VMware has conquered data center computing via server virtualization, the company is opening a beachhead on the network via its NSX product, which is being officially launched today at VMworld in San Francisco. VMware NSX is a Software Defined Network (SDN) that uses controllers and overlay networking. I’ll examine just a few of […]

HP, Juniper to help VMware take on networks with NSX

VMware’s big splash in software-defined networking with its NSX network hypervisor comes with partnerships already in place to flesh out its virtual networks. On Monday, as VMware formally announced NSX at VMworld, Hewlett-Packard and Juniper Networks announced deals with the company to tie their software-defined networking (SDN) systems in with the new network hypervisor. To learn more […]

SolarWinds Encourages IT Professionals to Test Network Complexity Management Skills

SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the launch of its NPM Demo Challenge for IT pros to test their network complexity management skillset using the company’s flagship network monitoring product, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), all while earning a chance to a win a $5,000 American […]

Solving VDI Problems with SSDs and Data Deduplication

It’s been amusing to watch numerous storage vendors announce that they, and they alone, have the magic feature (derived from unicorn tears) that will allow you to build a VDI environment to satisfy two cranky constituencies: the users, who will break out torches and pitchforks if their thin-client experience is inferior to their old PCs, […]

Oracle VM: Past, Present and Future of Oracle Virtualization

Is Oracle VM, built on theopen source Xen hypervisor, a true market alternative to VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization? And will Oracle leap beyond virtualization to support Software Defined Networking (SDN)? Perhaps it’s time to rethink those questions — especially as a new Oracle Desktop Virtualization offering (called Oracle Secure Global Desktop) reaches the market. Here’s the update, including an exclusive […]

OpenStack Summit: SDN Switches Become Low Cost Linux Boxes?

The VAR Guy is at OpenStack Summit and he’s starting to drink the Kool-Aid. Customers like Best Buy, Comcast and Hubspot say they are deploying the cloud computing platform. But now, the conversation is shifting to networking in the cloud — a software defined networking (SDN) primer. Leading the conversation: Ben Cherian, chief strategy officer at Midokura, a startup […]

Juniper extends support for SDN and BYOD

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) strategies. The new EX9200 Core Switch, Virtual JunosV WLAN Controller and Junos Space Network Director products are aimed at data centres […]

New SDN Technology Challenges VMware, Cisco

Nuage Networks, a wholly-owned venture funded by Alcatel-Lucent, has announced an SDN technology called Virtualized Services Platform (VSP). It’s a network virtualization package that pits Nuage Networks (and Alcatel-Lucent) against network virtualization technology from VMware, Cisco Systems and other major vendors. The Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) consists of three major elements (and you may want […]

Infographic: Software Defined Networking revolution

The worldwide SDN market for the enterprise and cloud service provider segments is forecasted to grow from $360 million in 2013 to $3.7 billion by 2016. The infographic below, courtesy of the Open Networking Summit, presents more statistics on the outlook for growth of Software Defined Networks. The Open Networking Summit will take place on […]

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