With increasing WAN bandwidth needs to the branch and no sign of MPLS costs coming down, software-defined WAN vendors are positioning their products as the medicine for what's ailing the enterprise. And according to Mike Wood, vice president of marketing for VeloCloud, it's entirely a scaling issue.
Cisco has been touting much success with its Application Centric Infrastructure software-defined networking architecture, and now the company has struck a deal to put ACI on the VCE Vblock.
Red Hat rolled out a new version of its Enterprise Linux distribution with a focus on improving network performance and boosting security, particularly for verticals like government, finance and military.
As WAN traffic increases and changes, the attractiveness of MPLS technology is being overshadowed by the costs. Software-defined WAN vendors are looking to change the network and alleviate some of the pricing pressure enterprises are feeling as their branch office bandwidth requirements increase.
Talari is hoping to attract additional enterprises by changing its software-defined WAN pricing model to a subscription-based one.
Cisco is making cloud-scale networking easier to achieve for its large enterprise and service provider customers. The company unveiled new software and developer tools designed for cloud-scale networking.
Alcatel-Lucent is taking a greater interest in open networking. Barely a week after the company officially joined the OpenDaylight Project, it's now also making itself at home with the Open Networking Operating System project.
Switch Communications is adding more collaboration and chat capabilities to its UberConference service with integrations with both HipChat and Slack.
It seems like just about everyone is talking about how the WAN is changing. Most of those discussions are about software-defined WAN, but network functions virtualization is also playing a role in the complete rearchitecting of the WAN.
Akamai is the latest vendor to launch a cloud networking service. Dubbed Akamai Cloud Networking, the new offering was designed to boost end-to-end reliability and performance for IP-VPNs and software as a service applications.