Separating control from data is all well and good, but the real secret to the software defined network is how you program it.
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The organizational challenges of SDN will force a transformation in the enterprise.
The common thread among most SDN pitches is that simply separating the control of the data plane ushers in a magical new world of possibilities. In fact, it will take a lot more than that.
The challenges of networking for enterprise private clouds are driving development beyond OpenFlow and OpenStack.
For enterprises considering SDN adoption, the choice between white box and proprietary isn't as clear-cut as it once seemed.
SDN is looking more and more necessary to the data center, but even with OpenFlow and OpenStack, the choices are numerous.
The benefits of application-centric networking are well worth the changes it demands.
OSX 10.11 and iOS 9 get Happy Eyeballs approach to IPv6.
Network outages can be catastrophic for the enterprise and even society itself. Arthur Cole discusses ways to prevent disaster.
Years after the end of the free pool of IPv4 addresses, IPv4 is still very much alive.
The growth of open source networking for enterprise data environments will solve many problems but create new challenges.
SD-WAN provides the enterprise what it needs to handle Big Data and the Internet of Things.
Find out why the container revolution will be less revolutionary and more supplementary than it first appeared.
Big Data and the Internet of Things will have a transformative effect on the network edge.
SDN vendor names Larry Lang as new CEO.
IoT hype is beginning to give way to disillusionment as the enterprise faces the networking realities of ubiquitous M2M connections.
Cisco's incoming CEO shuffles executive ranks.
No one should be surprised that Lloyd is leaving after he was passed over for the top job at Cisco.
Big Data makes hyperscale networking inevitable even for the enterprise.
SDN, NFV, and open source among the Chinese networking vendor's key tactics as it seeks to take on Cisco and other industry leaders.
Arthur Cole examines the impact retiring Cisco CEO John Chambers has had on the networking world.
10GbE will likely remain the basis of the advanced data center for the next decade, but bandwidth isn't the only thing enterprise networks will need.
Don’t take scalability for granted when it comes to SDN. Learn what SDN scalability requires and who's working to provide it.
SDN demands a strong silicon foundation, which in turn may help cut costs and benefit the enterprise data center.
Extreme Networks CEO Chuck Berger abruptly resigns.
VPNs are growing increasingly critical to the distributed enterprise. Learn why they aren't all the same and what to look for in VPN technology.
SDN is the saw, Big Data the wood. What needs to happen before a grand new structure can be built?
Big Data and IoT are driving a resurgence of interest in InfiniBand. What needs to happen for the technology to succeed?
A working knowledge of NFV is critical even to enterprise data center admins more concerned with SDN. Art Cole explains why.
Bare metal switching is a hot SDN topic. Learn about the advantages of bare metal and how to decide between bare metal and white box network switches.
The enterprises of the future demand full virtualization of the data stack. Find out what roles SDN and NFV will play.
SDN is a perfect fit for enabling Docker containerization technology. Find out who's working to enable the next generation of networking.
The network edge is set for an evolution as SDN and the cloud reshape the concept of the enterprise data center.
Don't feel compelled to choose between white box and proprietary networking hardware just yet. Art Cole explains why.
SDN will be of limited benefit unless it can be extended into the WAN. Some vendors are working to make SD-WAN a reality.
As the dream of the fully virtualized data center comes closer to reality, the race is on to integrate SDN into the cloud stack.
Network infrastructure has a big role to play in the Big Data world, and solutions are emerging to solve the challenges Big Data creates.
The pressure is on for high-bandwidth networking in the data center, but is 100G worth it to the enterprise?
Improved application delivery is the ultimate goal of technologies like SDN and virtualization and should be the ultimate goal of the enterprise data center.
SDN doesn’t have to involve a rip and replace. Overlay networking, open switching formats and open source support a more gradual transition.
Optical cabling is on the rise in the data center. What challenges will fiber bring to the enterprise?
Forget about SDN hype. Network policy will be the primary topic for networking administrators in 2015.
2015 will see SDN deployments kick off in earnest, but that’s not all that lies in store for enterprise data center networking.
Ethernet is evolving along with the data center, and sometimes that means incremental improvements rather than giant leaps forward.
The application layer looks set to become a major focus for IT. Here’s a look at what to expect and how to plan for the app-centric future.
Advances in taking the SDN to the WAN are bringing enterprise data environments closer to the dream of a fully federated, distributed cloud ecosystem.
When it comes to SDN and the cloud, optimal connectivity will involve more than just bandwidth and throughput.
Details on former CEO Shaygan Kheradpir's resignation remain sketchy, though with Rahim at the helm, Juniper gets the leadership it has always deserved.
Big Data and SDN are more than just mutually beneficial. In fact, in the data environments of the near future, they will need each other.