Stories by Jim Duffy

Big Switch updates SDN controller options

Big Switch Networks this week rolled out a new release of its cloud fabric software, which includes support for VMware vSphere environments and Dell switches, among other features.

Cisco's evolving software, Cloud strategy will hinge on hardware

The software and expanded Cloud strategy Cisco is announcing this week is an attempt to leverage the company's installed hardware base while addressing the software centrism sweeping the industry.

Datacentre, Cloud, SDN driving Ethernet switch market to $US25bn

The Layer 2-3 Ethernet switch market is expected to exceed $US25 billion in 2019, a compounded annual growth of over 2 per cent from 2014, according to Dell'Oro Group.

SDN start-up says it is best funded in industry

Pluribus Networks, an SDN start-up developing converged compute, network, storage and virtualization systems, said it raised $50 millionĀ in a Series D round of funding led by Temasek, an investment company based in Singapore with a net portfolio value of $177 billion.

Brocade offering free SDN for one year

Brocade this week said it is shipping its SDN controller and offering it free for one year.

Juniper taps switching chief to run product development

Juniper Networks this week tapped security and switching executive Jonathan Davidson to lead its product development group.

Why SDN all-stars are heading to Brocade

Why is it that a who's who of SDN developers is landing at Brocade?

Will enhanced servers do away with need for switches?

As more and more servers are virtualized, connections between them are increasingly handled by virtual switches running on the same servers, begging the question, does the top of rack data center network switchultimately get subsumed into the server?

SDN in 2014: A year of non-stop action

The past year was a frantic one in the SDN industry as many players made strategic and tactical moves to either get out ahead of the curve on software-defined networking, or try to offset its momentum.

Cisco was surprised by Arista statements: Chambers

Cisco CEO John Chambers said the company's decision to sue data center switch rival Arista Networks now was made after surprising statements Arista made this year.

Cisco lawsuits aside, Arista forges ahead with EOS

As it faces down a litigious assault from rival Cisco, Arista Networks is enhancing its switch operating system to expedite DevOps deployments.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 shops adopting Nexus 9000

SAN JOSE -- By the end of 2015, all of Cisco's Catalyst 6500 data center customers will have deployed the company's new Nexus 9000 switch.

Cisco slaps Arista Networks with patent infringement suit

Cisco today filed two lawsuits against data center switch competitor Arista Networks for allegedly violating its intellectual property.

Cisco seen building momentum in Nexus 9K, ACI

Cisco is getting a lift from apparent momentum behind its Nexus 9000 switches and Application Centric Infrastructure fabric. Investment firm UBS boosted its Cisco stock price targets after discussions with EMEA chief Chris Dedicoat yielded numbers UBS found encouraging.

Juniper unbundles switch hardware, software

The switch/software disaggregation derby has begun.