The war over Layer 3 encapsulation methods doesn’t seem like a war worth fighting, or even worth watching on TV. We’ve heard the comment a couple of times that NVGRE might as well get merged into VXLAN, and it seems to make sense.
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As CEO Kevin Johnson prepares to step down, it’s hardly surprising to see one of his top lieutenants leave as well. Bob Muglia was enlisted from Microsoft to help push Juniper toward a software-heavy future, a direction that seems likely to go on.
Two new videos featured on the SDNCentral Juniper Channel demonstrate how enterprises and operators alike can build virtualized networks that not only deliver the elasticity, agility, and multi-tenancy that ITaaS requires, but also the workflow automation and mobility demanded across physical and virtual environments.
Jeffrey Wang joins as VP of engineering, as Big Switch continues to flesh out its new team and new mission. His background: Switches, switches, and more switches, from the newfangled Nexus 1000v to a familiar and almost ghostly name from the early ’90s.
Bits of the old Force10 are making their way into the campus network. Dell is phasing out the PowerConnect series in favor of the new N series, which features a new operating system that borrows from Force10′s FTOS.
White-box switches are mostly associated with big data-center deployments, but they can be useful in carrier environments, too. It’s partly a matter of carriers adopting the right attitude about SDN, say panelists at the Carrier Network Virtualization conference.
Today’s mobile network operators want to find ways to expand SDN’s benefits beyond the data center across the WAN. A new white paper from Accedian Networks says getting the most out of the technology in a mobile backhaul environment requires “insightful SDN,” or SDN that optimizes the network using real-time views of available bandwidth.
Now that everyone in the US has recovered from their Thanksgiving dinners–and hopefully worked all those extra calories off–we’re announcing winners of our Turkeys of SDN competition. Read on to find out what the SDN and NFV community has to say about their favorite turkeys, and their suggestions on how some of these might have been avoided in the first place.
Bare-metal switching needs some help to grow beyond a DIY crowd, as Pica8 and Cumulus Networks are both finding. Both are software companies providing hardware because customers request it. Pica8 wants to go further with a white box ‘starter kit’ aimed at bare-metal novices.