Another bit of news prior to next week's VMworld comes from Extreme Networks, which completed a project to make its Summit x670-G2 and x770 series of switch interoperable with VMware's NSX virtualization platform.
Cloud-based software-defined wide area networking shares many of the same benefits as other SD-WAN products, but according to Mike Wood, vice president of marketing at VeloCloud, centralizing management of the WAN in the cloud also provides additional benefits to enterprises.
Talari is one of the vendors banging the software-defined WAN drum, and now the vendor is providing more deployment options to customers with the release of new appliances and an update of its Adaptive Private Networking operating system.
HP Networking has duked it out with Juniper Networks for years for the coveted second place position in the networking market. Neither have had much of a chance of catching Cisco to take over the number one spot, but thanks to some early adoption of OpenFlow and the recent acquisition of Aruba Networks, HP is on solid ground to gain a leadership position in certain technology areas.
In the latest version of its Switch Light products, Big Switch Networks aims to unify the physical and virtual networks, removing much of the separation between the two.
As software-defined networking continues its labyrinthine journey toward broad widespread deployment, industry observers say there is some jockeying for market position among the major networking vendors, but the OpenDaylight project appears to be gaining significant momentum. OpenDaylight is the multi-protocol controller infrastructure developed by The Linux Foundation that is meant to speed adoption of SDN on a variety of vendor networks.
Fortinet launched a new series of wireless LAN access points that are managed by its FortiCloud management system. The new FortiAP-S series of APs are being touted as secure Wi-Fi APs with Fortinet's cybersecurity technology running right on them.
If Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure is a little tricky to monitor, then ScienceLogic may have the solution for you. The company introduced a monitoring, dependency mapping and visualization tool that aims to provide network administrators with greater visibility into Cisco's software-defined networking product.
Software-defined networking represents what is probably the biggest change in networking in the last 25 years. It's still early in its lifecycle, though, and most organizations have yet to roll out a production-ready SDN system. According to Gary Denman, a senior director with Brocade, there are still several myths and misconceptions about SDN.
Although open source proponents continue to warn enterprises of vendor lock-in, it's not so much the vendor that enterprises have to worry about anymore. It's operational lock-in.