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.
In this week’s news: BTI gets a CEO; ConteXtream and Guavus team up; Huawei starts an OpenDaylight testing center in Shenzhen; and OpenDaylight offers student internships for the summer.
What makes OpenStack so popular? Howie Xu, who’s worked in virtual switching at Cisco, Big Switch, and VMware, took a look at the platform with fresh eyes and shared some of his thoughts on why OpenStack is necessary and why it isn’t just about saving money.
Well, not literally. But a technology called RISE makes it possible for a partner’s system to behave like a Nexus 7000 line card. This could bring Nexus up to speed with the plethora of feature blades on the Catalyst 6000.
SDN isn’t a threat to networking jobs, and the migration to a DevOps model doesn’t necessarily mean everybody has to become a programmer. Even so, the nature of networking operations is changing.
This week, Cisco put itself forth as a champion of policy-based networking, but it turns out VMware Chief Networking Architect Martin Casado has been looking in that direction too.