Arista is adding native Puppet Labs agents to its switches in a move that extends the company's SDN capabilities.
Every vendor and their mother wants to claim dominance in the fledgling software-defined networking market. Avaya is the latest to make the claim with the launch of its new Open SDN Fx architecture, which is tied into the OpenDaylight, OpenStack and OpenFlow open source projects.
Cisco isn't the only company looking to build out its portfolio through acquisitions. Brocade is beefing up its product suite with acquisition, most recently with the announcement of its intent to acquire Riverbed's SteelApp line of business, and the company's CEO hinted at more purchases throughout 2015.
Cisco may be looking ahead to stern competition from rivals embracing open source, but as software becomes a more integral part of every networking product, the networking vendor has plans. And those plans involve acquisitions.
We've mentioned software-defined WANs before, and it's a topic that appears to be gaining traction among enterprise IT departments and with vendors' channel partners.
Is software-defined networking keeping you up at night? If so, it's understandable. Not only does it demand news skills and a new way of viewing the network as a whole, but new technology has a way of changing jobs or making them obsolete.
Network functions virtualization may barely be on the radar for most enterprise networking professionals, but vendors are ramping up their NFV strategies as they also build on their software-defined networking initiatives. Brocade is the latest to give a boost to its NFV strategy.
Changes to how Cisco is dealing with and licensing software, which we wrote about last week here on FierceEnterpriseCommunications, is having an impact on how the company is targeting the cloud market.
Unified-communications-as-a-service provider ThinkingPhones has added some new big data analytics capabilities to its solutions portfolio. The new features come through the acquisition of Contactive, which is anything but your typical big data company (if there is such a thing).
As you can imagine, software-defined networking was a hot topic at last week's Cisco Live! event in Milan, Italy, but its competitors aimed to downplay Cisco's big announcements around software.