Due to agility needs, budget constraints, and compliance mandates, smaller enterprises now have the same need for software-defined principles used the world’s largest webscale data centers.
Facebook detailed on Friday a new networking technology dubbed Data Center Fabric that coordinates all of the information flowing throughout its new data center in Altoona, Iowa. The Altoona facility is the first Facebook data center to showcase the new technology and going forward all new data centers will have it installed, said Alexey Andreyev, a Facebook network engineer.
The Enterprise LAN is complex operational challenge for network professionals. Devices are widely distributed, easily accessible and the first point of connectivity for…
Wide-area networking is traditionally slow, expensive, and inflexible. SDN’s ability to abstract data-center networking operations away from the underlying hardware decreases costs, reduces time-to-market, and greatly increases flexibility.
Increasing workloads have stressed datacenters, but a new generation of storage technology is addressing the limitations of traditional systems.
Big Switch, a company that has shifted from building a controller for software defined networks to building an OS to run atop bare metal switches, is trying to make enterprise networks run like webscale networks.
Arista Networks’ much anticipated IPO is not without its challenges, including a lawsuit lodged by one of its own co-founders and a hiccup around friends and family shares.
Organizations moving to the cloud must understand that the underlying network infrastructure and related network services are prime determinants of success for both themselves and the cloud service provider.
The Andromeda virtualized network that underlies some of Google’s services is now available to certain customers of Google’s Compute Engine with more zones coming on in the coming months.
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More hardware-enabled network functions are being turned into software all the time, and now NetSocket is stepping up with a virtual solution for identifying network issues.
Webscale players, enterprises and service providers want to keep end users happy as they serve up applications. A crucial ingredient for that is a network that can flex to the needs of each application.
In the previous report in this series, “The road to SDN begins now,” we laid out the business case for software-defined networking (SDN). A network actively, reactively, and proactively defined by software is far more ready than one constructed of static devices, connections, and configurations. So how do you prepare your organization for SDN? A good first step is to examine your present networking environment and network support practices. Also, staying ahead of the software management challenge will be critical for success. And the SDN solution immediately will be compared to the pre-SDN environment, so deployment must deliver positive results from day one.
As the vendor-led OpenDaylight Project reaches consensus around a code base, Big Switch disagrees with the consortium’s direction and has stepped back in its participation.
Software-defined networking vendor ConteXtream says a wireless service provider has deployed software to virtualize a network that supports around 40 million customers.
Amazon and Facebook are looking for engineers to work on deploying next-generation software-defined networks. Amazon’s project could bring new services for its cloud customers.
Jeda Networks said it will ship its controller for making storage more scalable and programmable within months.
Investors are still interested in funding software-defined networking plays. Here are four who were on hand at the Open Networking Summit this week.
If vendors are still debating the definition of software-defined networking, enterprises will be left unsure what products could solve their problems. And that is exactly what’s happening.
At this year’s Open Networking Summit, plenty of people acknowledged the news of the OpenDaylight Project. Some asked about the consortium’s viability; others reserved judgment.
While hype persists around software-defined networking, venture capitalists are looking for more SDN startups to fund. The hype could dissipate and enterprise adoption could come in 2014 or 2015, so founders have time.
The newly formed OpenDaylight Project could spark wider adoption of software-defined networks with open-source code on the way. It could challenge existing SDN startups. Or the organization could fracture.
A survey sponsored by Swedish software-defined networking player Tail-f Systems shows that many people don’t know what SDN is but plenty want to try it to quickly deploy applications and services.
Midokura, a software-defined networking startup, is looking to gain traction among Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers to show the power of its offering. The company has just raised $17.3 million to help its efforts.
New open-source and commercial software from Big Switch Networks threatens longtime hardware sellers as it lets customers introduce and manage commodity switches.
As startups sign up more customers, legacy network vendors are talking about starting groups to form their own standards for software-defined networking. But there are already standards, and it could be too late.
The software-defined networking arena is full of new ideas and well-funded startups. This GigaOM Research podcast discusses SDN use cases, its impact on traditional networking, and companies to watch.
Standing out with a software-defined networking option for wide-area networks through public clouds, Pertino has signed up 700 customers and received $20 million in Series B funding.
Software-defined networking holds a lot of promise for better network security, so it’s no surprise the vArmour Networks, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup, has scored $6 million in Series A funding to make that promise a reality. We’re just not sure how yet.
VMware CTO Steve Herrod has a message for the IT world: “[S]pecialized software will replace specialized hardware throughout the data center.” Via virtualizations and SDNs, software-defined data centers will bring the dynamic natures of Google, Facebook and Zynga data centers into the mainstream.
Last week IBM launched the first third party virtual switching platform for VMware environments. This is an important development because as the first tier of network switching moves into the server, the virtual switch becomes extremely strategic real-estate and control point for emerging SDN architectures.
Playing off the interest in creating software defined networks for virtualized environments, startup ConteXtream has launched a product that allows a data center operator to separate network services such as firewalls and load balancers from the physical hardware. It joins several startups pushing virtualized networks.