Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Few technologies have captured the networking world's imagination as vividly as software defined networking (SDN), and few technologies have the potential to change the data center as dramatically. But few technologies are as confusing, either. Need to make sense of OpenFlow and OpenDaylight, or learn what major vendors like Cisco and Juniper and startups like Plexxi and PLUMgrid are doing in the space? Want to know what business value the abstraction of the control plane from the data plane can bring? Let Enterprise Networking Planet keep you up to date on the latest in software defined networking news.

Visibility and SDN: You Can't Manage What You Can't See

SDN's flexible, dynamic nature creates new network monitoring and visibility problems. Here's what networking vendors are doing to solve those problems.

Brocade Acquires Vistapointe for More Network Visibility

Vistapointe acquisition adds new SDN and NFV technologies to Brocade's portfolio.

Hardware Customization in a Software-Driven Universe

Programmability will bring unprecedented flexibility to the software defined network, but what about customizing the underlying hardware?

2Q14 Worldwide Enterprise Router Revenue Reported at $867 Million

Global networking switch and router markets show mixed Q2 2014 results, while NFV shows promise.

Networking in a Changing Data Environment

Just as networks take their first steps into virtual infrastructure, the data environment and its requirements are changing again.

Networking, Private Cloud, and the Heterogeneous Environment

Some networking vendors aim to unify multi-vendor, legacy data center silos into the interoperable environments private cloud requires.

SDN Makes VDI a TCO Game-Changer

Network virtualization and SDN are finally making VDI viable for the enterprise. Art Cole discusses where it will work best.

VMworld 2014: In Pursuit of Software Defined Everything

The "greatest VMworld so far" aims to push the software defined data center (SDDC) vision closer to reality.

VMworld 2014: Midokura's Overlay SDN, Network Virtualization Gain Traction

Midokura talks new customers, partnerships, OpenStack, and SDN.

VMworld 2014: Protecting Network Admin Jobs in the Age of SDN

Cloud, network virtualization, and SDN are changing the enterprise's expectations of network admins. Netadmins must change, too.

Brocade CEO Aims to Grow Faster than Cisco in Developing Markets

Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney delivers third quarter fiscal 2014 earnings results, takes a jab at Cisco products.

First SDN, Then the Intelligent Network

What are the practical benefits of intelligent networks, and how does network intelligence differ from SDN?

Cisco Cuts Jobs, Paints Glum First Quarter Outlook

Though some areas are growing, Cisco isn't forecasting much overall growth for the quarter ahead.

Juniper Debuts New EX4600 Switch for High-IQ Networking

EX4600 packs in up to 72 x 10 GbE and 12 x 40 GbE ports.

SDN Adoption Plans Not Clear Cut

New research from Juniper Networks shows a near-even split in adoption plans for SDN, but is cost a driver or a challenge?

Cavium Acquires Its Way to SDN

Silicon vendor acquires Xpliant for $90 million in a bid to get a bigger foothold in the SDN marketplace.

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Gets Ship Date

After months of discussions, demos and promises, Cisco sets ship date for ACI and reveals pricing.

Inside Juniper's Integrated Operating Plan to Drive Growth

Juniper is in the process of re-focusing on a number of key areas, including SDN.

SDN: It’s All About the Apps

SDN application development efforts look set to increase the capabilities and value of software defined networks in the enterprise.

Juniper Exits Junos Pulse Business with $250 Million Sale

Juniper CEO wants his company to stay focused on high-growth areas of the market, including switching and SDN.

SDN: A Study in Action and Reaction

The enterprise isn't yet equipped to deal with the consequences of SDN, because no one knows what those consequences will be.

The Road to the Cloud Runs Through the Network

Advanced cloud architectures will require advanced network infrastructure in the data center.

Midokura Partners with Fujitsu for OpenStack SDN Deployment

Japanese vendors come together for cloud network virtualization.

SDN Automation: Not as Simple as You Might Think

Automation and SDN seem to go hand in hand, but several challenges still need to be solved before automation is automatic in software defined networks.

Should the Fabric Have a Core? Perhaps for a Little Longer

Network fabrics imply a flattened architecture that eschews centralized switching. So why are vendors still talking about core fabric switches?

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