In Pictures: Top 25 network and IT industry stories of 2012

The Cloud, tablets, software-defined networking, IPv6 and 4G wireless reshape the enterprise IT landscape in 2012

VMware snaps up Nicira

Much of the early software-defined networking (SDN) action has been from the university research ranks and from start-ups. Not surprisingly, bigger players sniffed this out and have started buying out the upstarts. VMware made the biggest splash this year, acquiring Nicira (started by Stanford whiz Martin Catado) for $1.2 billion, though Oracle followed with the buyout of Xsigo and speculation is swirling around the rest of the players, with all eyes on what Cisco might do.

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