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Facebook has been building its own servers and storage gear for years, and last June announced its first-ever networking gear in the…
SDN-powered solutions provide agility, visibility, and scale to the next generation of networks.
Earlier this month, Facebook announced a new data center networking architecture that it calls, fittingly, “data center fabric.” We had Facebook Director of Network Engineering Najam Ahmad on the Structure Show podcast this week to talk about the new fabric in more detail.
Facebook’s networking guru Najam Ahmad on why the company had to go to core-and-pod from less module cluster technology.
Storage startup Primary Data is ready to demo its technology to potential customers looking to improve their existing data-center storage setup. The startup also said today that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is now Primary Data’s chief scientist; as part of Wozniak’s new gig, he will be helping the company build out its technology and advocate for the company as it courts clients.
Amazon shed some light onto what goes on with networking inside its many data centers on Wednesday at AWS re:Invent 2014 in Las Vegas. James Hamilton, the vice president and distinguished engineer of Amazon Web Services, laid out the networking details during his conference session that also touched on data centers and databases.
Rich Napolitano made a name for himself as top U.S. sales guy at Sun Microsystems and then as leader of EMC’s unified storage push. Now he’s CEO of Plexxi, a networking startup.
Google announced a handful of new features on Tuesday, but the company is only turning into products what it has been building for years.
Appenzeller will become VMware’s chief technology strategy officer of its network and security business unit. He starts work on Monday.
The new tech that uses a 64-bit ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) can supposedly perform network function virtualization (NFV) techniques like virtualizing a network gateway and a serving gateway.
Companies like Cisco, Juniper Networks and Nokia Networks along with the Linux Foundation are hoping that the Open Platform for NFV Project will develop a standard for NFV, a network architecture concept that calls for all aspects of networking to be virtualized.
Intel’s new E5 v3 family of processors comes loaded with 18 cores per socket, DDR4 memory and software that can help orchestrate the allocation of resources in a data center.
The startup’s take on software-defined storage allows users to partition high-speed storage into individual clusters that virtual machines can take advantage of.
The major limitation of the scale-up storage arrays has been the storage controller, which often becomes the performance bottleneck. This limitation gave…
After undergoing dramatic shifts in recent years, big data analytics are now helping CSPs keep up with the changes by creating new revenue sources, improving customer experience, and establishing more-precise marketing opportunities.
The new SDN prototype, developed as part of the U.S. Government’s DARPA CORONET program, is basically a powerful resource management system that can coordinate data flow and hand out more bandwidth when needed.
Cisco has launched a program to train developers to use its APIs and help them program its gear to work with products from Cisco partners. Can this program keep Cisco relevant in a software-defined world?
Gigaom Research surveys predict a near-term second wave of cloud technology adoption, driven by companies re-inventing their business. Smart IT execs who help drive this momentum will look like heroes, and make IT a key contributor to new company revenue.
Tail-f Systems specializes is one of the new breed of telecom companies virtualizing telephone and mobile networks in the cloud. It’s specialization is an obscure part of the network called the OSS.
Google is adding persistent flash storage and http load balancing to its Google Cloud platform. The load balancing is an awesome example of how software-defined networks can change cloud computing.
Arista’s opening day went smoothly despite a bizarre lawsuit lodged against it by one of its co-founders. Shares closed up 27.9 percent from their open at $43.
For enterprise-IT practitioners and data-center operators, SDN delivers networking with the same level of flexibility and agility as virtualization has allowed them to deliver other parts of their infrastructure.
Structure Launchpad finalist, Phluido, founded by former Qualcomm engineers, plans to centralize the thus-far-distributed nature of the mobile radio access network and put it — where else? — in the cloud.
Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson(s eric) is opening up a new Bay Area regional HQ in Santa Clara in two office buildings…
Gigaom has learned Google’s plans to offer business Wi-Fi services in a very Google-like way. It’s building a virtual Wi-Fi network in the cloud that could connect hundreds of thousands of wireless nodes.
Many believe that significant changes in networking infrastructure will arrive in 2015 in the form of software-defined networking, but a recent Gigaom Research survey shows that a large portion are already using it.
In this part of our special report on reinventing the internet, a look at how the wireless networks of the future should evolve to handle a world in which mobile computers are the standard computers.
It’s about time. On Monday Arista, the company behind a generation of superfast and scalable networking gear, filed to raise up to…
By taking a stake in Embrane, Cisco gains a better foothold in the upper layers of the networking stack which could boost its competitive position vs. VMware.
To be successful, IoT devices need to fit with the way technology is being adopted by today’s agile businesses.
Corente offers a Cloud Service Exchange that promises to make it easier to manage and run multiple, geographically dispersed public and private clouds.
Jeffrey Wang brings with him experience gleaned from more than a decade at Cisco and Brocade to the SDN upstart.
Intel’s mobile ambitions aren’t focused solely on the smartphone — it wants Intel inside the gear running telco networks. The chip giant sees a $16 billion opportunity in the networking and communications gear business.
Greylock Partners’ Jerry Chen shares the triangular frameworks he uses to analyze opportunities and spot disruptive technologies in the IT infrastructure and enterprise application spaces.
Cisco spin-in Insieme comes back to the mother ship as the multi-front battle with SDN rivals VMware et al. roils on.
Douglas Murray most recently headed up Asia operations for Juniper Networks; Big Switch co-founder Guido Appenzaller will stay on as CTO.
Ahead of Cisco’s Insieme product launch, networking companies are busy explaining where they stand. Cisco’s launch will validate the threat of SDN while also trying to neutralize the threat that it and white-box networking pose to Cisco’s business.
Networking companies are apparently willing to pay top dollar for software engineers, according to new Glassdoor research.
The Spanish carrier group and the Japanese equipment maker NEC have begun a pilot program in Brazil, where many of the complex routing functions are being virtualized out of the set-top box and into the network.
IBM has been awarded a patent for moving virtual machines across physical servers in a cloud in order to ensure applications are receiving the bandwidth they need. It’s an interesting solution to a problem that has plagued some cloud users.
U.K. and Japanese researchers have combined software-defined networking with new multicore fiber technologies. Such networks could produce the first Petabit pipe.
As real time infrastructure analytics and software-defined networking technologies converge, IT departments will be able to control network bandwidth to support critical applications.
The cost, rigidity and complexity of traditional networks have failed to address the uptime and performance requirements of today’s data centers.
Today, IT systems are required to be operational and perform flawlessly. And while all systems fail at some point, advances in network technologies now enable the network to support continuous availability via geographically distributed data centers.
Customers want mobility and rapid change through automation because this enables business to build speed in innovation. Software-defined networking embraces these requirements with new dynamic networking features that enhance server value and user services while operating with an existing network.
Juniper’s CEO Kevin Johnson said he plans to retire from his role as soon as the company’s board finds a successor. Given the changes happening in networking it might be time for new blood.
Mobile operators have a profitability problem in that they have high network costs and a growing demand for mobile data. To deliver data efficiently operators are testing new technologies such as software-defined networks.
Cisco on Wednesday unveiled its plans to counter the threats to its business from startups pushing open networking hardware and software built on merchant silicon. What it didn’t do was launch Insieme.
ARM’s future is tied to more devices with computing and connectivity trying to share data on a variety of networks. Call it the internet of things or just the obvious direction we’re heading as society.
Ubuntu Server is all about virtualization and OpenStack these days, and the new version reflects that. It’s not a long-term support release, but rather a good opportunity to test out new integrations.
Vint Cerf is the father of the internet, so its worth listening to what he thinks the next generation of networking might enable. For him software-defined networking might fix some design flaws.
The networking world is undergoing an epic disruption brought about by Open Flow and software defined networking. At the Open Networking Summit, we can see how the ecosystem has changed in a mere 18 months.
Cisco’s plans to fight back against commoditization of its business are now clear. And the strategy should work … for a while.
Speaking at Structure:Data in New York, Juniper Networks product management lead Jennifer Lin claimed application developers working with big data could find great value in the software-defined network.
New VMware software can work with customers’ existing hypervisors to dynamically add or subtract virtual machines based on compute and storage needs.
Mellanox, a company better known for selling Infiniband products, will open source its Ethernet switching code. It’s a response to software-defined networking and the commodification of networking gear.
Cisco may be facing an existential threat to its switching and router business, but a chart out from a research firm shows exactly how much the networking giant stands to lose.
BTI Systems has raised $10 million in third round funding and launched a new software-defined networking product that will span data centers.
As network virtualization technologies begin to evolve, specifications are being set by the carrier industry. Telefonica hopes its collaboration with NEC will help it steer the direction of that work.
Jeda Networks is another company riding the shift in how data centers run in a virtualized world. The startup wants to make storage area networks obsolete with it’s controller.
Ericsson Cloud System is intended to help mobile operators make their networks and IT infrastructure more efficient, which may in turn help them offer freed-up cloud compute and storage capacity to their customers.
F5 has bought LineRate Systems for an undislosed amount of money. The rationale seems pretty clear: F5 is a legacy hardware vendor trying to ride the wave of software disruption by purchasing one of the startups leading it.
People in a data center add costs, but before we can let the machines take over, applications need ways to communicate with the underlying gear. Plexxi and Boundary have teamed up to make this possible.
With all the excitement around software-defined networking, most people forget that OpenFlow, which helped jump start that conversation, is more than just virtualization. It’s the creation of a common hardware platform that will commoditize the router.
Lyatiss has come out of stealth mode with $4 million in funding and a product that wants to let developers immediately see problems in the cloud — and then fix them in real time.
Too many connected devices downloading, streaming or uploading in the home can choke a home network, and there’s not much average consumers can do about it. But Qualcomm hopes that its new StreamBooost technology will help make the router –and home networks — smarter and better.
Companies spent roughly $1.6 billion buying networking startups in 2012 with one deal being responsible for the lion’s share of that total. Yet, even if VMware hadn’t purchased Nicira for $1.26 billion, networking deals and software-defined networking deals in particular, were red hot in 2012.
Juniper will spend up to $176 million on stealthy software-defined networking startup Contrail. The move coming just weeks after Cisco’s own SDN buy and months after VMware’s $1.3 billion grab for Nicira show how aggressively the established vendors are about staking a claim.
Cisco will spend $141 million buying Cariden, a company that sells network planning and optimization software to ISPs. However, Cariden is also building out an SDN strategy and product portfolio that its service provider customers are already using today.
The networking is becoming the bottleneck in scale out data centers. Kotura thinks that fiber is the answer, so it’s offering a transceiver that starts at 100 gigabits per second and can scale up to deliver a terabit per second between servers.
Big Switch Networks has come a long way since it launched in June of 2011, and two big announcements today showcasing its ecosystem and its newly launched products are signs that its going on the offensive in the software-defined networking space.
Big Switch, Nicira and Schuberg Philis share their insights on software-defined networks–how they’re being deployed today and how they will evolve to replace traditional infrastructure driven networks.
Arista Networks, one of the quiet success stories of Silicon Valley co-founded by legendary engineer Andy Bechtolsheim has hired Michael Lehman, formerly of Palo Alto Networks as its CFO. It has added Cisco’s SDN guru Tom Black to its team already chock-a-block with engineering heavyweights.
Cisco’s CEO John Chambers is tossing around hints of his possible retirement in an interview Tuesday with Bloomberg. The CEO, who has been in that role for 17 years, listed a few of his potential successors as well as gave a two-to-four-year time frame.
Many interested in deploying software defined networks are eager for the agility and programmability they can provide. But the fear of breaking their network means IT is leery of deploying SDNs. Apigee has updated its API management products to work on SDNs to alleviate those fears.
If there was any doubt that software-defined networking (SDN) expertise is a hot ticket, Oracle’s planned acquisition of Xsigo, coming on the heels of VMware’s blockbuster $1.26 billion buy of Nicira, should erase it once and for all.
OpenFlow may be a hot topic in cloud computing right now, but not everyone believes it is mature enough to be used in real-world networking situations.
If you ever wanted to take a stroll through the computing industry’s past, it’s not necessary to go all the way to Mountain View, Calif., to visit the Computer History Museum. Just step inside a data center.
Networking is the current big bottleneck in scale out and virtualized data centers. It’s also the hottest hardware area around with startups creating fabrics, controllers and alternatives to the current networking regimes in place. Now we can add Plexxi Networks Inc. to that list.
Cisco’s plans to capitalize and perhaps marginalize the emerging software defined networking sector are now in full view, and for those wondering how the world’s largest networking gear maker plans to deal with the commodification of networking gear the answer is in the northbound traffic.
The “Facebook generation,” as VMware CEO Paul Martiz called it in a presentation Tuesday morning, is post-PC and post-paper, and they want to experience information within the context in which they’re consuming it. And like it or not, they’re the future. Plan your IT accordingly.
The havoc that OpenFlow is wreaking in the data center may also change the way we think of ISPs, and solve the spectrum crisis. OpenRadio is a project that hopes to use OpenFlow to create pools of broadband from Wi-Fi, cellular and other networks.
Verizon has created a partnership with Intel, HP and networking company Adara to help test and understand the benefits that OpenFlow and software defined networks could have on its business. It’s trying to lower the cost of moving data between data center and more.
Big Switch Networks, a startup using the OpenFlow protocol to help companies build software-defined networks, has open-sourced its controller software, dubbed Floodlight. With this move, it will attempt to unseat networking giant Cisco by creating an ecosystem of startups building tools for SDNs.
Vyatta, which provides open-source networking software, has raised $12 million in expansion round financing as the entire networking field finds itself on the cusp of big changes. The round, its fifth, was led by HighBAR Partners and brings Vyatta’s total funding to $45 million.
The mobile industry is in trouble. Its networks are expensive to run. Retail customers want cheap pipes. At a conference Wednesday, a Verizon executive detailed the problem and explained how he wants to use OpenFlow and software-defined networking to lower his costs.