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Network Management and Diagnostics

Big Names Take on SDN

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Big Names Take on SDN

A number of vendors join the Linux Foundation in an industry effort to create a standard open-source software-defined networking (SDN) platform-- forming the OpenDaylight Project. 

Project members include Cisco, IBM, Citrix, Juniper Networks, VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, Intel, Brocade, Big Switch Networks and Arista Networks, among others. 

According to the Linux Foundation “OpenDaylight unites technology industry leaders to establish the largest SDN open source project to date, with the goal of a common and open SDN platform for developers to utilise, contribute to and build commercial products and technologies upon.” Read more...

Big Switch Networks Pushes OpenFlow Adoption

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Big Switch Networks Pushes OpenFlow Adoption

Big Switch Networks bids for further OpenFlow software-defined networking (SDN) adoption with the Switch Light-- an open source-based "thin" virtual switch for servers and commodity switches. 

Switch Light is a software switch customers can deploy on server hypervisors and silicon-based physical switching platforms (aka white box switches). Designed as an alternative to proprietary, vendor-unique architectures, the Switch Light uses the OpenFlow SDN API and protocol to lower both capital (by providing choice in networking hardware) and operational (through an automated and centralised common provisioning and management model tying together physical and virtual networks) costs.  Read more...

Juniper Outlines SDN Ambitions

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Juniper Outlines SDN Ambitions

Juniper reveals software-defined networking (SDN) ambitions at its Global Partner Conference, with a 6-step plan to "directly address the most pressing networking challenges facing the industry today."

The company insists its vision for SDN is diferent from the current the current approach, specifically that set by OpenFlow. Juniper breaks down networking into four layers (double the amount OpenFlow describes)-- management, services, control and forwarding.

Within the Juniper SDN stack management, services and control are centralised, while forwarding remains distributed.  Read more...

Juniper Enters Virtual Networking Arena

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Juniper Enters Virtual Networking Arena

Switch and router maker Juniper Networks follows the likes of Oracle and VMware and buys into software-defined networking, snapping up startup Contrail Systems reportedly for $176 million. 

The Contrail acquisition is interesting, since not much is known about its actual product. Founded in early 2012, Contrail ranks include networking and software platform experts from Google, Juniper, Cisco and Aruba Networks, with expertise lying in Layer 3 virtual private networking and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). 

Back in July 2012 the $1.26 billion Read more...

Emulex Buys Network Visibility

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Emulex Buys Network Visibility

Converged networking and storage specialist Emulex pays $130 million in cash for New Zealand-based network infrastructure visibility product developer Endance. 

Founded in 2011, Endance sells the Endance Network Recorders-- hardware-based packet capture systems able to capture, index and record 100% of network traffic with throughput scaling from 1 to 100Gbps. It also offers the EndanceVision application allowing customers to retreive, search or visualise network traffic from any Endance Recorder anywher within a network. 

All Endance products run Read more...

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