2010: The Networking Year in Review - Page 2

2010 was a big year for networking as new standards emerged for speed, security and power; and vendors rolled out new innovations.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Dec 22, 2010
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Cisco vs. HP

The networking market landscape changed in 2010 as former partners Cisco and HP became bitter rivals. In February, Cisco terminated its certified channel partnership with HP. Cisco began encroaching into HP's server space with the Cisco UCS server platform in 2009 and HP made its own encroachment into Cisco's networking space in 2010 with the acquisition of 3Com.

HP acquired networking vendor 3Com for $2.7 billion. As part of the acquisition, HP integrated the 3Com assets with its ProCurve networking lineup to create the new HP Networking division.

HP wasn't the only networking vendor making big acquisitions in 2010. Cisco completed its acquisition of video vendor Tandberg for $3.3 billion in April after months of delay. Juniper acquired virtualization play Altor for $95 million and Wi-Fi vendor Trapeze for $152 million.

IPv4 nearing the end, IPv6 adoption picks up

For better or for worse, 2010 is likely the last full year in which new IPv4 address space will be available from IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority).

At the beginning of December, IANA allocated four slash 8 address blocks, each containing 16 million IPv4 addresses. Only seven slash 8 address blocks now remain as the final days of new IPv4 space allocations are drawing near.

IANA only needs to allocate two more of the slash 8 blocks, or 32 million IPv4 addresses, until it triggers a long standing policy for the final five blocks. IANA's policy for the final five blocks of IPv4 addresses stipulates that each of the five Regional Internet Registries will get one of the final five blocks.

As IPv4 nears exhaustion, 2010 was a year in which multiple vendors including Juniper Networks and Blue Coat continued to preach the message of IPv6 migration with new solutions and migration strategies for 2010 and into 2011.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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