Cumulus Networks is looking to take on the big vendors like Cisco with its flavor of open software-defined networking.
Software-defined networking may be on the path to becoming the standard way of designing a network, but there are many hurdles to cross ahead.
At OpenStack Summit, Midokura unveiled an update to its network virtualization solution designed for infrastructure-as-a-service clouds. The update adds support for both OpenStack Kilo and container-based environments, including Docker.
Software-defined networking and big data analytics may very well be a match made in heaven, according to Len Padilla, vice president of product strategy for NTT Europe.
A new open tool from Nuage provides deeper visibility into both virtual, software-defined networks and the physical hardware they run on. That includes the routers, switches and other networking equipment.
Big Switch Networks updated both its SDN-based Big Cloud Fabric for physical and virtual workloads in data centers and its Big Tap monitoring fabric.
As Docker continues to build out its capabilities, it's beginning to solve the problem of network scalability, thanks to the acquisition earlier this year of SocketPlane. But third parties are still designing their own solutions. One of those is Midokura.
Here's an interesting idea: Scott Hogg of Network World put forth the idea that software-defined networking could possibly be used as a firewall, but in the end, his investigation into the concept found that SDN is missing some key criteria. But it also depends on the individual SDN solution.
It's generally agreed upon by vendors that upgrading to a software-defined network is best done bit by bit rather than all at once. But how to begin the journey?
Although the hype may at times indicate otherwise, the adoption of software defined networking is more of an evolution rather than a revolution.