One by one, networking vendors are disaggregating their operating system software from their switching and routing hardware. Dell joined the disaggregation trend a couple of weeks ago, and according to a TechRepublic article, the reason really comes down to being competitive and providing enterprise customers with future software-defined use cases.
Cisco appears to be taking an interest in alternate software-defined WAN technologies. The networking vendor's investment arm is part of a funding round of cloud SD-WAN VeloCloud.
One would think the relationship that still exists between VCE and Cisco would be going through a rough time as Cisco gets ready to build its own hyperconverged infrastructure, but a CRN article quickly put an end to such speculation.
At the top, there's no real change in the leading companies when it comes to providers of enterprise data center infrastructure. Synergy Research Group unveiled its analysis of the third quarter of the data center infrastructure market, which data for both the enterprise and service provider space, and found Hewlett Packard Enterprise is still leading the charge.
The latest release of Cisco's Application-Centric Infrastructure software-defined networking technology adds support for Docker containers and micro-segmentation for both VMware VDS, Microsoft Hyper-V and bare-metal applications.
Pretty much every networking vendor is at least dabbling in software-defined networking at this point. That includes virtualization-focused VMware, which has been aiming to go head-to-head against Cisco in the next-generation networking space, but according to SolarWinds' Patrick Hubbard, there are several things holding NSX back from success.
Riverbed Technology is about to roll out an incremental release of SteelFusion. Version 4.2 of the hyper-converged infrastructure product includes support for VMware vSphere 6.
HP's latest volley in the war of open versus proprietary networking technology brings together several of the company's supporters in the form of the OpenSwitch community.
QLogic released a new tool at VMworld that provides greater visibility into VMware's vCenter Server and vSphere while also trying to simplify network management.
HP is getting cozier in its relationship with VMware as the company unveiled new consulting and support services for VMware's NSX software-defined networking product.