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  • SDN: The core building blocks

    When getting to know software defined networking, you'll encounter a number of terms that are used in conjunction with the technology. Some of the terms are unique to SDN, while others describe technologies that, while not unique, are frequently used in SDN designs.

    Written by Ethan Banks, owner, Packet Pushers Interactive28 June 13 19:59
  • SDN FAQ

    Software has been programming our networks for a long time, so how is SDN different?

    Written by Ethan Banks, owner, Packet Pushers Interactive28 June 13 19:56
  • The time is now for 'Open Ethernet'

    In today's data center you need to be able to add services and hardware without compromising network performance, but the flexibility to tune the network to meet business needs is also mandatory.

    Written by Gilad Shainer, VP of marketing, Mellanox Technologies20 June 13 20:38
  • Big Switch lowers forecast for OpenDaylight SDN effort

    Citing concerns over technical and market direction, Big Switch Networks has downgraded its participation in the OpenDaylight consortium, a multivendor effort to define an open source SDN framework.

    Written by Jim Duffy05 June 13 14:43
  • Brocade unleashes a data center barrage

    Brocade this week extended its data center networking portfolio with hardware and software enhancements designed to better integrate and align physical and virtual resources.

    Written by Jim Duffy30 April 13 14:08
  • Juniper switching boss talks technology challenges, Cisco Nexus 6000

    Jonathan Davidson took over Juniper campus and data center switching when the two previously separate business units were combined following the departure of founding engineer R.K. Anand. Davidson has a service provider routing background at Juniper and Cisco, which is no coincidence -- after five years in switching, Juniper has been unable to mirror the success it had in its first five years in service provider routing. But it did start from zero and surpassed at least six other incumbent vendors to attain the No. 3 position in the market. The company has more than 20,000 switching customers cultivated through organic development, Davidson notes. And as Juniper moves forward amid a forklift upgrade facing its EX core switch base and after an initial misfire on the QFabric data center switch, it's focusing on customer demands for simplification, agility and automation. Davidson discussed some recent and future developments in Juniper enterprise switching.

    Written by Jim Duffy23 April 13 19:21
  • Startup aims SDN technology at Cisco WANs

    SDNs aren't just for data center networks, despite the best-use-case-scenario arguments for network virtualization and flow management pervading the industry.

    Written by Jim Duffy12 April 13 12:23
  • The SDN incubator

    A speaker at a recent Network World event asked the crowd of 450 IT practitioners if they were familiar with software-defined networking (SDN) and only about 10 per cent raised their hands.

    Written by John Dix08 April 13 13:34
  • Making sense of the myriad SDN offerings

    With the range of software-defined networking (SDN) announcements coming from vendors large and small it is hard to figure out which SDN approach is best for what.

    Written by Jason Matlof, Big Switch Networks vice president of marketing05 April 13 19:11
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