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VMware is paying a whopping $1.26 billion for Nicira Networks in an attempt to get a piece of the emerging markets – software defined networks and software defined data centers. Two video from our Structure conference archives get you upto speed on those two trends.

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VMware  is buying software-defined networking startup, Nicira Networks, also known as VMware of networking for a whopping $1.26 billion. In case you were wondering why VMware is shelling out so much money, here are two videos about software defined data centers and virtualized networks. VMware wants a piece of both these markets. Martin Casado, CTO of Nicira is featured in both these videos.

From GIGAOM STRUCTURE 2012: After Software-defined Networks, the Software-defined Data Center
Once we have virtualized networking in the data center, we will have a powerful platform for delivering computing to a wider audience without the involvement of systems administrators. So begins the freedom to program data centers to optimally perform whatever applications we want to run on them.

From GIGAOM STRUCTURE 2011: From Openflow to Virtualized Networks
One of the hottest technologies around is virtualized networking. Based on the futuristic OpenFlow work from Stanford University, the technology promises a shake-up of the network infrastructure world. We talk to some of the leading startups in this area about deploying the technology in a big way. We ask what the technology is, what its applications are and what makes it so insanely great.

  1. I think it’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo.

    They want to talk about the lack of programmability of the network as being the problem to be solved. BS
    The truth is that the “network” is very programmable, just not by programmers. In network terms it is called provisioning.
    The truth is that the cloud is still relying on ports and connections that have limited capacity that also needs to be carefully managed for security, performance and costs.
    The truth is also that so far application programmers have proven that they cannot be trusted with doing what they want to do. Historically they have been a horrible steward of security, capacity management, traffic prioritization, etc.. (all key virtues of avoiding anarchy in a shared environment)

    Just look at where distributed computing has taken us. Horribly written apps that companies like Citrix had to come and rescue for a fee by re-centralizing the client-server relationship and basically going back to the dumb terminal days.

    What I’m hearing is… as a software developer I’ve been doing a crappy job at all of the above, but please trust me with even more control of the infrastructure. Not gonna fly any time soon. Sorry.

    Don’t even get me started with all this.. 

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