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Steve Evans Published: 18 Nov 2013

Software defined networking (SDN) is exploding.  Start-ups like Big Switch Networks, Embrane and Plexxi are bringing innovation and excitement to the nascent industry, while established networking giants such as Cisco and Juniper – who, of course, have huge businesses built on selling networking hardware to protect - having been buying their way into the SDN space.  Cisco has snapped up vCider and Meraki among others and Juniper acquired Contrail Systems, a start-up with no customers and no shipped products, for $176m. Companies looking to become end-to-end enterprise IT suppliers, including IBM, HP and Dell have also dipped their toes in the SDN waters.  In July 2012, VMware acquired Nicira, the hottest SDN property around at the time, for $1.2bn to boost its software-defined datacentre strategy, and this week announced details of its first Nicira-based product.  The analyst houses have also had their say on SDN’s rise.  IDC claims the market will reach $3.7bn by 2016 and account for 35% of Ethernet switches in the datacentre, up from what it describes as “... Access >>>

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