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SDI/Data Center Trends

  • Open SDN Security Application Aids DoD/DDoS Detection, Mitigation

    February 18, 2014

    Radware, a leading provider of application delivery and application security solutions for virtual and cloud data centers, announced its contribution to the OpenDaylight Project with Defense4All, the industry's first open SDN security application to be integrated into OpenDaylight. Radware's Defense4All offers carriers and cloud providers DoS and DDoS detection and mitigation as a native network service. Utilizing the OpenDaylight SDN Controller that programs SDN-enabled networks to become part of the DoS/DDoS protection service itself, Defense4All allows operators to provision a DoS/DDoS protection service per virtual network segment or per customer.

  • Veryx Launches SDN Controller Tester

    February 18, 2014

    Veryx Technologies has launched PktBlaster SDN Controller Test - a software-based test solution for performance benchmarking of SDN controllers and applications. It is an integrated test solution that emulates a real-world SDN network consisting of both the orchestration and network infrastructure layers, in a single box. As cloud service providers and data centers across the globe plan the transition to SDN-based architectures, there is a need for scalable, automated tools which can be easily deployed.

  • Open Networking Foundation Publishes Open SDN Migration Use Cases and Methods

    February 18, 2014

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), announced the availability of “Migration Use Cases and Methods.” Produced by the ONF Migration Working Group, the document provides recommendations for organizations looking to migrate to software-defined networks based on the OpenFlow™ standard. The first deliverable of the Migration Working Group, this living document summarizes best practices and lessons learned from real-world open SDN migration use cases and deployments from different network domains.

  • Cyan Updates Z-Series Packet-Optical Systems, Blue Planet SDN Platform

    February 18, 2014

    Optical transport systems and software-defined networking (SDN) platform vendor Cyan has unveiled upgrades to both ends of its product portfolio. The hardware and software enhancements strengthen the company’s play in Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 environments as well as in 100-Gbps metro applications. On the hardware end, Cyan has announced three new metro-focused modules for its Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms. All three are compatible with the three members of the Z-Series family and will be generally available by the end of this quarter.

  • Ericsson Joins Forces with Ciena on SDN

    February 18, 2014

    Ericsson and Ciena are partnering in an effort to enable service providers to more rapidly deploy converged IP and optical networks that leverage software-defined networking capabilities. The two companies will jointly develop transport solutions for such converged IP-optical networks and evolve those transport networks into software-defined networking (SDN) environments, they announced on 15 February. The combination will give service providers the tools to create more programmable networks that will help them drive down costs and speed up the deployment of new services.

  • Stargate Group Heads Toward Software-Defined Networking With Brocade

    February 18, 2014

    Brocade - The Stargate Group, Australia's leading application service provider (ASP) to the mortgage finance sector, has taken its first step toward applying software-defined networking (SDN) to its operations with the deployment of Brocade® NetIron® CER 2000 Ethernet/MPLS routers. Implemented by Brocade partner, Mycom, the new routers are the foundation of a network that handles all traffic to and from more than 2,000 mortgage brokers across the country, enabling Stargate to boost service resiliency, delivery capacity and overall network performance by 40 percent while reducing operational costs.

  • Embrane Helps Cisco Build Its SDN Strategy

    February 12, 2014

    Cisco Systems Inc. plans to invest $6 million in the software-defined networking (SDN) startup, part of a C round of funding by Embrane Inc. that will exceed $12 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. SDN is at first glance a big risk to Cisco, which makes its living selling expensive, proprietary networking hardware -- precisely the kind of thing SDN is designed to make obsolete.

  • A10 Networks Embraces SDN, Overlays and Cloud with aCloud Architecture

    February 12, 2014

    Application delivery vendor A10 Networks Inc. announced its aCloud Services Architecture aimed at helping customers insert Layer 4-7 services into software-defined networks. The A10 architecture includes support for network overlay tunneling protocols, integration with several SDN and cloud orchestration platforms, new pay-as-you-go licensing, and an enhanced capability to slice physical appliances into multiple virtual appliances in multi-tenant environments.

  • Aeroflex Acquires Shenick, Beefs up SDN Testing Capabilities

    February 12, 2014

    Aeroflex, a microelectronics and test and measurement equipment provider, is strengthening its software defined networking (SDN) capabilities by purchasing Dublin, Ireland-based Shenick Network Systems. A key element that Aeroflex gets out of this deal is Shenick's TeraVM software, which provides virtual testing for software-defined networking. TeraVM enables service providers and network equipment manufacturers to load, analyze, develop and validate the performance and capabilities of a wide variety of network and security devices, including VPN/Firewall, vSwitch, DPI or IPS/IDS, vLoad Balancer and video infrastructure. While the acquisition is new, the two companies are hardly strangers as Aeroflex has partnered with Shenick to enhance its wireless test products.

  • OpenDaylight Project Releases Software to Simplify SDN

    February 12, 2014

    OpenDaylight is an open platform for network programmability to enable SDN and create a solid foundation for NFV for networks at any size and scale. The project announced its first open source software release, “Hydrogen” at the conference. Hydrogen is the first simultaneous release of OpenDaylight delivering three different editions to help a wide array of users get up and running as quickly as possible- Base Edition, Virtualization Edition and Service Provider Edition.