If Big Switch Networks is correct, then software-defined networking in the data center is about to cross the chasm from being sales driven to market driven.
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.
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.