Pica8 has released an enhancement to its switch operating system designed to ease enterprise transition to software-defined networking. The CrossFlow platform serves as a translator for managing traffic running between traditional Layer 2/Layer 3 protocols and the OpenFlow SDN standard.
Brocade Communications Systems says its Internet protocol product line -- including the ICX and VDX enterprise and data center switches -- now supports version 1.3 of the OpenFlow software-defined networking protocol. As part of its support for SDN technology, Brocade has been hiring SDN experts from other vendors, Jim Duffy writes.
Pica8 is bringing more choices to the table for enterprises seeking software-defined networking switching alternatives with the introduction of a white-box switch optimized for OpenFlow environments. The hardware, which is being developed by original device manufacturers including Foxconn and Alpha Networks, expands Pica8's gigabit Ethernet and virtual LAN capabilities.
Global carriers could save up to $9 billion on their backhaul operations if they were to deploy software-defined networking, according to a Strategy Analytics study commissioned by telecom network vendor Tellabs, which predicts a mass rollout in two years. The report warns that carriers must push their vendors to overcome technological obstacles to deployment if they wish to be successful.
Hewlett-Packard wants to be the next leading vendor in the software-defined networking space and will debut a new SDN controller, appliance and software as well as nine more OpenFlow friendly switches to support its efforts. The move puts HP in head-to-head competition with Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks.