First it was Cumulus; now Dell has a deal to sell some of Big Switch’s software. It’s a blend of the revolutionary spirit of the startups tied to a big name that can provide services and support — and its own non-bare-metal switches, of course.
Juniper’s Q1 earnings and Q2 forecast didn’t rock the boat, giving new CEO Shaygan Kheradpir a chance to claim the Integrated Operating Plan is rolling smoothly. It’s possible Juniper will need to trim more of the business, however.
Stop us if you’ve heard this before. Big Switch hires an executive out of Juniper — this time Shaun Page, arriving to fill the sales VP spot.
Not surprisingly, CEO Douglas Murray is tapping his alma mater, Juniper, to flesh out Big Switch Networks’ new management team. Rajeev Gupta is arriving from there to develop the startup’s sales channel.
In SDN/NFV news this week: Cumulus shows its worth, Dell tests its NFV worthiness, Brocade hires another Cisco executive, and OpenDaylight picks a new board member.
The ninth OpenStack includes some advances in compute, orchestration, and the database-as-a-service concept. Looking ahead, OpenStack is adapting to a new demand for bigger workloads on bare metal.
A proposal to link OpenContrail to OpenDaylight is Juniper’s first contribution to the SDN collective. It might be a sign that Juniper, after months of being a wallflower, is ready to jump in.
Juniper’s enterprise business is the area where most analysts think the company will eventually sell some businesses. But Junos Pulse, aimed at carrier-managed services for mobile devices, might also fit the bill.
Competitors have a point when they talk about lock-in and Cisco’s ACI, but a policy-driven SDN approach can be seen as very practical. The trick will be to make sure ‘policy’ gets defined well.
With its new Layerscape chips, Freescale is trying to make a system-on-chip friendly enough for software people. The goal was to abstract the network, much in the way that SDN itself does.