Dissention in any form or organization is never a good thing, and Juniper Networks seems to be finding that out the hard way. It’s no secret that Juniper’s switching and SDN engineers have been leaving steadily for the past year. Their latest casualty – Thomas Nadeau. Nadeau jumped ship this month and joined Brocade as a distinguished engineer. It seems the acquisition of Contrail Networks along with Juniper’s CTO and founder, Pradeep Sindhu, seem to be the cause of the rift.
There have been many companies that have tried to compete with the great Cisco and failed. Nortel, Aruba Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, and 3com just to name a few have all tried to go toe-to-toe with Cisco and have been left in the dust. On the other hand, there have been a select few who have managed to thrive despite Cisco’s obvious dominance. Here are 5 that have prevailed…
If you haven’t caught wind of it yet, you’re sure to in 2013. Software defined networking (SDN) seems to be all the rage for the upcoming year, and quite possibly for many years to come. (SDN) is changing the way data centers run, and OEMs are racing to get a piece of the predicted $2 billion a year (by 2016) pie. The question is will everyone get an equal share of the pie, or will there be a few greedy pie hogs and only a crumb or two left for the rest. It’s too early to tell, but one thing’s for certain money is flying around the network world like a massive hurricane picking up any SDN startup that looks promising.
Private industry has had decades of experience surviving downturns and bankruptcies while still maintaining a healthy IT environment. Government agencies, particularly DOD, and DHS are unaccustomed to real cost cutting, and may need some help learning how to get by with less, perhaps a LOT less.