Pierre Ferragu of Bernstein Research covered six networking vendors rating them on their market performance. Cisco Systems, Ubiquity Networks, and F5 Networks all received a market performance rating of “Outperform”. Juniper was given a “Neutral Market Perform” rating, and Aruba and Ruckas were given a rating of “Underperform”.
It’s been said that two heads are better than one, and that just may be the case with Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP). Facebook started the OCP to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost. That means hardware vendors like HP, Dell and Cisco don't control the product designs. Instead, customers like Facebook and Goldman Sachs do.
Software defined networking (SDN) is taking the IT industry by storm and is proving to be a very intriguing addition to the networking world. The technology first caught our attention nearly a year ago when companies like VMware and Cisco started acquiring companies like Nicira and Insieme for millions and even billions of dollars as they set foot into the SDN race. We figured if VMware was willing to invest billions to get into the SDN field then it must be worth taking a look at so we’ve been keeping tabs on the SDN field ever since.
In an ever-changing world of technology you either jump on the bandwagon, or you get left, scratching your head, in the dust. Major networking vendors like Cisco and Juniper are scrambling to jump into the SDN (Software Defined Networking) race, but smaller startups like Embrane are currently beating them out without much of a struggle. Canadian Internet hosting and cloud service provider, Peer1, recently picked Embrane to meet their SDN needs over Cisco and Juniper.
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.
While 2012 was nothing short of a technology miracle, 2013 promises to be even better. A few months back we posted an article on the extraordinary job Cisco did at the Olympics this summer as the official network provider. In fact, more than 4.8 billion people watched the event, with digital viewers outnumbering traditional television viewers for the first time in history, clearly showing how technology dependent we have all become. Undoubtedly, the impressive technology trend will continue in 2013.
Apparently, Cisco and VMware go together like “peas and carrots,” and have recently decided to tighten their connection. Of course, they’ve been together for some time; but in August at VMworld 2012 they announced that the connection between the two firms will deepen, and their honeymoon destination seems to be the Cloud.