SDN - Infoworld en Cisco reveals OpenFlow SDN killer <p>At Interop this week, Cisco is unveiling an alternative to OpenFlow for <a href="" target="_blank">software-defined networking</a> and proposing it as a standard, while adding it as a vital component of the company's new programmable architecture.</p> Networking Cisco Systems Network Architecture SDN Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:27:24 +0000 admin 239642 at Dell unveils fabric switch, SDN controller <p>Dell this week rolled out products designed to help customers build and scale cloud environments.</p><p>The new gear includes the Dell Z9500 fabric switch and the Active Fabric Controller software for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (<a href="" target="_blank">NFV</a>). Together, the products are intended to provide data centers with the scale, automation and orchestration necessary to transition to virtualized cloud infrastructures.</p> Networking Virtualization Dell Network Switch SDN Virtualization Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:36:37 +0000 ccraig 239053 at Cisco's Intercloud could supercharge its Internet of things plans <p>Cisco Systems' "Intercloud" platform for interoperable cloud services could be combined with remote-computing technology to define the so-called Internet of Things from the weather-ravaged, intermittently connected edge to regional and global data centers.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Networking Cisco Systems Internet of things Managed Services SDN Data Center Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:36:46 +0000 admin 239025 at AT&T lays out 'radical' network changes with SDN <p>AT&amp;T is remaking its infrastructure as a "user-defined network cloud" in the pursuit of greater flexibility, lower costs and faster response to user needs, the carrier's infrastructure chief said.</p> Networking AT&T Internet SDN Web Services Cloud Computing Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:35:10 +0000 admin 237699 at Broadcom hopes to boost OpenFlow with new spec, software <p>Chip maker Broadcom has announced a new specification along with software and APIs to improve the performance of OpenFlow switches and to make it easier for hardware vendors to build products.</p> <p>OpenFlow is used to implement SDN (software-defined networking), and enables a standardized way of delivering a centralized, programmable network that can quickly adapt to changing network conditions, Broadcom said.</p> Application Development Networking Development Tools Network Switch SDN Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:17:51 +0000 admin 237603 at Dell, Red Hat team up on network virtualization <p>Dell is teaming up with Red Hat to drive its effort to be a force in the burgeoning area of network function virtualization (NFV) technology, aimed at helping carriers reduce costs and quickly roll out new services.</p> <p>Co-engineered Dell-Red Hat OpenStack-based NFV and SDN (software defined networking) applications are expected to be available in 2014, Dell said.</p> Networking Virtualization Dell Red Hat SDN Virtualization Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:49:45 +0000 admin 236819 at Why open source will rule the data center <p><em>Rare is the infrastructure that lacks open source software, but as we watch such new technologies as SDN move into our data centers, open source seems increasingly likely to penetrate every corner -- not just servers and applications, but networking, storage, and more.</em></p> <p><em>Michael Bushong, vice president of marketing at SDN vendor Plexxi, sees the dominance of open source as inevitable. In this week's New Tech Forum, he walks us through his reasoning that open source will spread throughout IT. -- Paul Venezia</em></p> Data Center Networking Open Source Software Linux IT Strategy SDN Open Source Software Data Center Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 New Tech Forum 235733 at OpenDaylight debuts Hydrogen SDN software <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="OpenDaylight debuts Hydrogen SDN software " width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">The OpenDaylight Project</a>, the software-defined networking industry consortium that features IBM and Cisco among its roster of members, has released the first version of its SDN and NFV Networking Open Source Software Cisco Systems SDN Open Source Software Virtualization Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:31:55 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 235651 at SDN thinking lags behind technology, VMware's Casado says <p>The last legacy systems to make the shift to software-defined networking may be network engineers' minds, but even those are changing.</p><p>For many enterprises that want to move from traditional hardware-based networks to infrastructure that's defined by software, the most important thing is for the new architecture to look like the old, SDN pioneer Martin Casado said Wednesday at the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, Calif.</p> Networking SDN Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:41:46 +0000 ccraig 235430 at IBM looking to sell its SDN business <p>IBM is reportedly looking to sell its software defined networking business for $1 billion.</p> Networking IBM SDN Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:35:00 +0000 admin 235400 at SDN success in the real world <p><em>We've all heard about how software-defined networking will let us run applications and custom code on our switches, but there haven't been many examples of exactly what that means in the real world.</em></p> <p><em>In this week's New Tech Forum, Andrew Warfield, co-founder and CTO of Coho Data takes us through how Coho uses SDN applications to get past bottlenecks imposed by flash storage and file-sharing protocols such as NFS. -- Paul Venezia</em></p> Data Center Networking Storage SDN Data Center Networking Storage Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 New Tech Forum 235210 at The Open Source Rookies of the Year Awards <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="The Open Source Rookies of the Year Awards" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The sixth annual Black Duck Open Source Rookies of the Year awards recognize the top open source projects initiated in the past year. Application Development Cloud Computing Networking Open Source Software Application Development Server Provisioning Mobile Security SDN Internet Privacy Open Source Software Cloud Computing Virtualization Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 235116 at How to securely get started using SDN <p>Several security experts suggest that SDN (software-defined networking) is natively unsecure. They say it removes hardware boundaries, such as firewalls, that maintain security. They say SDN reveals new, unprotected surfaces to attack. These experts put forth a number of SDN vulnerabilities.</p> Networking SDN Security IDG Insider Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 admin 234075 at Your 2014 heat map for enterprise technology <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Your 2014 heat map for enterprise technology" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Application Development Big Data Cloud Computing Consumerization of IT Data Center Data Management Open Source Software Application Development Event Processing IaaS Hadoop JavaScript NoSQL OpenStack PaaS SDN Cloud Computing Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 234024 at Oracle buys Corente for software-defined networking <p>Oracle is buying Corente, maker of SDN (software-defined networking) technology for WANs (wide area networks), in a strike against competitors such as Cisco and IBM. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close early this year, weren't disclosed on Tuesday.</p> <p>With Corente, Oracle will have a suite of network virtualization products that extends from LANs (local area networks) in corporate data centers to WANs, according to a statement.</p> Networking The Industry Standard Oracle M&A SDN Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:22:42 +0000 admin 233606 at 10 big virtualization and cloud stories from 2013 <p>Those of us who have spent much of our IT careers wrapped up inside of a nice, warm cocoon of virtualization were fortunate to have front row seats to another great year, as virtualization technologies continued to flourish in 2013. Virtualization remained a key component in the modern data center, and cloud computing continued to grow in importance -- both of which helped take all things virtual in a number of interesting directions.</p> Virtualization Citrix Systems Server Virtualization Cloud Storage Virtual Desktop Mobile Device Management (MDM) SDN Cloud Computing Security Virtualization Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:07:42 +0000 David Marshall 233450 at 4 ways network virtualization improves security <p><em>Virtualization has brought IT many gifts. It has made the impossible not just possible, but common. From server consolidation to the cloud, virtualization is now the dominant computing platform worldwide.</em></p> <p><em>Beyond expanding computing capabilities, virtualization can also be considered a method to increase network security. Rod Stuhlmuller,&nbsp;<span>Director of Product Marketing in the Networking &amp; Security Business Unit</span>&nbsp;at VMware, takes us through four ways that security can be improved through network virtualization. -- Paul Venezia</em></p> Cloud Computing Security SDN Networking Security Virtualization Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 New Tech Forum 232828 at 10 things we learned -- or didn't -- from Cisco's Insieme launch <p>Cisco's introduction of the <a href="" target="_blank">Insieme Networks</a> product line and strategy was the most anticipated networking announcement in almost two years. It represents Cisco's response to the <a href="">software-defined networking (SDN)</a> trend pervading the industry, and threatening Cisco's dominance and profits.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center Networking Virtualization Cisco Systems SDN Computer Hardware Data Center Virtualization Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:42:24 +0000 uphan 231551 at The rise of white-box switches <p><em>With all the hubbub around software-defined networking and white-box network switching, it's time to gauge the impact these new trends will have on both data center deployments and the switching market in the coming years.</em></p> <p><em>Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing at Pica8, and Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research, have teamed up to forecast the growth of SDN and white-box switching adoption rates. The future may not be here yet, but it's coming. --Paul Venezia</em></p> Data Center Networking Open Source Software Linux Network Switch SDN Data Center Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 New Tech Forum 231246 at Application-centric networking? More like Cisco-centric networking <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Application-centric networking? More like Cisco-centric networking" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Call it the un-SDN, if you will. Cisco's new Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) initiative promises to tackle networking problems only partially addressed by current software-defined networking.</p> Data Center Networking SDN Data Center Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 230380 at