Enterprise Networking Week in Review: SDN, Interop, BYOD, and Ethernet

Jude ChaoIt’s been a big week for networking and a big week for Enterprise Networking Planet.

This week, the enterprise IT world descended on Las Vegas for the Interop IT conference and expo, which featured keynote speakers from tech heavyweights like Cisco, VMware, Facebook, and Microsoft; exhibitions from Brocade, Dell, Huawei, and Juniper, among hundreds of others; and enough news, analysis, discussion, and debate to keep an industry watcher busy until Interop 2014. It was a lot to take in, but our Sean Michael Kerner was on the ground and keeping pace every step of the way.

As Sean predicted last week, SDN dominated Interop 2013. Research from Cisco indicates significant interest in SDN. Analyst firm IDC’s financial forecast for the near-future SDN market supports that conclusion. VMware’s Martin Casado, Broadcom’s Rajiv Ramaswami, and Microsoft’s Rajeev Nagar got together for a roundtable keynote on SDN contexts, network awareness, and the future of network admins.

But all that was just the macro discussion. Interop also provided a rich mine of vendor announcements. Juniper revealed its first-generation SDN controller, which will help bring enterprise networks “into the cloud age,” according to Juniper marketing and business strategy VP Brad Brooks. Huawei, seemingly undaunted by U.S. government concerns, showed off a massive new switch and talked future plans for SDN and the U.S. enterprise market. And Frank Frankovsky of Facebook’s Open Compute Project opened up about open source and the social networking giant’s plans to get into enterprise networking hardware. Meanwhile, Broadcom unveiled a new generation of silicon for faster, more secure WiFi. Alcatel-Lucent debuted new Application-Fluent OmniSwitches.

Want video? We’ve got that, too. Mike Rydalch, principal technologist at WiFi vendor Xirrus, took Sean behind the scenes of the conference’s BYOD WiFi network, while the Ethernet Alliance’s John D’Ambrosia demonstrated the power of copper and fiber.

Speaking of Ethernet, this week we ran a review of HP’s 2920 family of Ethernet switches. Our reviewer’s verdict? Frank Ohlhorst approves.

These are the technologies that will enable the network of the future. That network, for many enterprises, will be BYOD. But is BYOD truly the best way to go? Early in the week, I spoke with cyber security expert and TopPatch CEO Chiranjeev Bordoloi about the dangers of Android malware on BYOD networks. Check out our interview for Chiranjeev’s security recommendations.

Hello, by the way. We may not have met yet. I’m ENP’s new editor, and while I haven’t shown my face around these parts much yet, I plan to much more often in the future. Stick with me for the latest and greatest in networking news. Not every week can be Interop, but every week at ENP will be full of what matters most in the enterprise networking space. And, speaking of Interop, if you’re still hungry for more from Vegas, stay tuned.

Have a great weekend. See you here next week!



Jude Chao is Executive Editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Follow her on Twitter @judechao.

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