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Guest View: 2014 is Year of SDN

Gary Newbold | Dec. 16, 2013
The pace of evolving network technology is set to accelerate in 2014, says Gary Newbold, Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Extreme Networks. Here, he takes a look at networking trends during 2013 and checks his crystal ball to see what 2014 holds.

The "pure" SDN architectures from the beginning of the hype have been augmented by more applications, and (northbound) API centric approaches focusing on applications and integration. However, recently, underlying technologies, protocols and various overlay including very virtual switch centric solutions have shown up in the market.

Each and every architectural approach fits a specific market segment and set of requirements best, and so customers need to assess their necessities and find the right architectural fit in 2014.

Several of those new architectures are deployable today at scale, as they rely on existing protocols and also provide a smooth migration and integration into existing, heterogeneous network infrastructures. Without a doubt, we will see a larger adoption of SDN across the board including the enterprise.


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