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Commodity hardware will be hallmark of SDN networks

Jon Gold | May 9, 2013
Don’t get too attached to your specialized network hardware – you’re not going to need it in the future, says one researcher.

Indeed, Riverbed has pushed heavily into the virtual end of its market of late, releasing a platform for public-cloud application delivery  at Interop and acquiring application performance management firm OPNET in a billion-dollar deal late last year.

That acquisition, which has contributed a key piece to Riverbed's performance management division, could prove critical to the company's future prospects, notes Riley.

"I see Riverbed being able to bring a lot of value to this at the controller layer itself, with our RPM business unit," he says.

 

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