Compass-EOS, gets another $42M to rethink routers

Compass-EOS is an Israeli company that is trying to rethink routing. It has invented a new optical chip to do that. And all that means it has needed money – about $160 million in total, of which $42 million came just recently.

SDN startup Contrail Systems gets $10M led by Khosla Ventures

Contrail Systems, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company cofounded by veterans of Aruba, Juniper, Cisco and Google has jumped into the increasing exciting and crowded world of software-defined data centers with $10 million in Series A funding and a brand new open standard.

Software: The new networking paradigm

VMware’s planned acquisition of Nicra for $1.25 billion represents the evolution of networking beyond the hardware-dominated point of view that has sustained the industry for decades. Here’s what that means for startups in the networking realm as well as for the industry giants.

Juniper Networks signs on with Scala

Typesafe continues to push the Scala programming language and associated Akka middleware as top-tier software development tools for the webscale age, and now claims Juniper Networks as a convert. The networking hardware giant will use Scala and Akka in upcoming — and undisclosed — products.

IBM and NEC team up to take on Cisco

IBM has teamed up with NEC to deliver an OpenFlow-based controller-and-switch combo that tries to find the sweet spot in software-defined networking between expensive, proprietary gear from Cisco or Juniper and the brand-new, open-sourced stuff that startups and webscale companies are peddling.

Embrane’s virtual network appliances for an SDN world

Embrane, the not-so-stealthy startup that’s one of several hoping to make it big on the concept of virtualizing the network, launched Sunday. The company, founded in 2010 by Dante Malagrinò, has raised $27 million to provide firewalls, load balancers and more via distributed software.

Stealthy Qwilt has raised $24m to ‘cache in’ on IP video

Qwilt is coming to market with a product to help network operators manage huge amounts of video traveling over their networks. It’s doing so with some serious backing from big-name investors, having raised $24 million from Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Crescent Point Group and others.

What’s Nicira? Read this and find out.

Nicira, the not-so-stealthy startup working in the network virtualization space was “outed” Monday by the New York Times as a secret startup pursuing the next hot trend in computing. But the article overstated Nicira’s secretiveness and perhaps its role as network virtualization hits the mainstream.

How will we talk to programmable networks?

The buzz around OpenFlow is increasing with a few case studies out last month, some fundings and a new beta product from a vendor pushing a software-defined network controller. And now there’s a developing programming language for virtualized networks, called Frenetic.


OpenFlow and beyond: future opportunities in networking

The world of networking is changing, thanks to shifting traffic patterns, more widely distributed webscale systems and the economic need for the networking world to catch up to where the computing and server world is today. This trend toward networking virtualization has huge implications for vendors such as Cisco, Juniper, Arista, Dell and Intel, but it also could become the foundation for an entire new ecosystem of startups and value creation, much like what the creation of the hypervisor did for computing. In this research note we look at what network virtualization is, why we’re moving toward it, what OpenFlow is and what the opportunities are for companies, both large and small, beyond that technology. Additional companies mentioned in this report include Facebook, SeaMicro and Zynga. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.

Updated: Big Job Cuts Ahead? Juniper Responds

Juniper Networks (s JNPR), well known for making large Internet routers is looking to cut its workforce by a whopping 10 percent, according to Nikos Theodosopoulos, networking analyst for UBS Research. Juniper had about 9,300 employees at the end of the second quarter of 2011.

OpenFlow: A Technology on the Move

OpenFlow may be one of the hotter buzzwords these days, but getting past the exuberance and down to brass tacks can be difficult because the technology can be applied many places. It also sprouts up in new contexts as the ecosystem around the technology expands.

Forget cool, OpenFlow and networking is now hot!

Networking is about to change. It is inevitable that an open-source hardware architecture for the large chassis switch gets released, likely driven by a consortium of large customers. When combined with the external software control enabled by OpenFlow, this will really shake things up.

Arista CEO: Cloud networking has to be fast and predictable

Health care and stock trading has led to a need for new forms of cloud networking, which are growing much quicker than good old enterprise networking. However, cloud networking needs to have low latencies, and it needs new forms of control, because speed alone doesn’t help.

How iPhone and Android Are Changing the Network

Many who are developing apps and services for mobile devices don’t pay much attention to the innards of the networks themselves. But we should be paying attention to all the underlying networking technologies, mostly because it helps us think about what these front-end services can do.

Cisco: What Went Wrong and What Needs to Be Fixed

Cisco is in trouble. It screwed up, and John Chambers acknowledged as much in his memo to employees Monday, which was later published on the company’s blog. The company’s biggest problem is that it has strayed from its core competency, a focus on networking.

From Startup to Business, a Long Strange Trip

These days it seems raising funding gets all the focus. Most of us forget that there is a big difference between raising capital and starting a business and actually building a business. Many of us underestimate how long it takes to build a business.

With Project Stratus, Juniper Rethinks The Cloud

Juniper Networks unveiled a new data center architecture that will flatten out the network layer to improve performance, scale and manageability. Called QFabric, the new product line will help customers to create a fabric of servers, storage and networking from their data center resources.

How the iPad & Smartphones Change Corporate Networks

Dell’Oro Group estimates that the enterprise WLAN technology market will grow from $2.2 billion in 2010 to $3.4 billion in 2014. A lot of that demand is coming, thanks to smartphones and the iPads, according to Dominic Orr, CEO of gear maker, Aruba Networks.

IBM Turns Back on Juniper to Buy Blade Networks

IBM today said it would buy Blade Networks, a company that makes networking gear that can help vendors combine computing and networking in a box resembling Cisco’s server. Blade reported $79 million in revenue for 2009 and planned for revenue in excess of $100 million for 2010.

Cisco, Juniper Rivalry Extends to the Smart Grid

The rivalry between networking gear giants Cisco and Juniper has extended across routers, wireless products, and security services for years. But now it’s extended into a seemingly unusual area: the smart grid. Outside of mobile, it’s the next growth area for the networking and communications industry.

The Cisco, Juniper Rivalry Extends to the Smart Grid

The rivalry between networking gear giants Cisco and Juniper has extended across routers, wireless products, and security services for years. But now it’s extended into a seemingly unusual area: the smart grid. That link-up is an interesting move that could help them team up against Cisco.

Is Competition Starting to Eat Into Cisco's Core Markets?

Cisco Systems always finds a way to grow its revenues and earn profits, even when the world is falling apart, thanks largely to its domination of two core businesses: routers and switches. But now it seems increased competition is cutting into Cisco’s market share.

Why Juniper's Polycom Partnership Is Destined to Fail

Juniper and Polycom will deliver products and services to answer the looming threat Cisco plays in the videoconferencing space. But by taking a page from Cisco’s playbook, they may have doomed themselves to failure. Instead of marrying the network and device, they should open things up.

Which Is the Top Tech Company to Work For?

Looking for a tech job? Well read on for the results of a new poll from Sausalito, Calif.-based as to the best — and worst — tech companies from which to draw a paycheck.

Vid-Biz: Ankeena, Eye-Fi, 5min

Juniper Makes Strategic Investment in Ankeena; company also gives Ankeena access to its JUNOS Software and development platform to help MSOs, telcos…

GigaOM Interview: Bob Dykes, CEO of NebuAd

The uproar over Charter Communications testing out a deep-packet inspection system to deliver advertising to its customers is far quieter than the one that erupted over similar plans by British ISPs, but it, too, has led to government questions about privacy and what rights a web surfer has online. I chatted this week with Bob Dykes, CEO of NebuAd, the company that’s providing the ad-insertion service to Charter, about the company’s privacy practices and the motivation of the ISPs that underpins such intrusive monitoring.