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01 February 2013
Few initiatives epitomise the drive to make networks more intelligent than software defined networking. And the cutting edge work, as Richard Irving discovers, is not on the ground but in the cloud.
The fight back has begun. For much of 2012, leading
equipment makers like Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent struggled to
dispel mounting fears that they would be driven out of business
by the march towards software defined networking (SDN) - a
game-changing technology that strips away the need for
expensive switches and routers by taking all the intelligence
out of the network and handing it to a central computer that
can be programmed in an almost limitless way.
Now they are looking to reassert their dominance in a market
that will be worth more than $300 million this year and
possibly billions by the end of 2016. And the battlefield on
which they are mustering their forces is not, as most analysts
anticipated, the wide area network, but in the cloud.
In recent months, Alcatel, Cisco and Juniper have all
announced acquisitions or initiatives drawing together
fledgling SDN projects and cloud-based services....
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Cisco is to invest $1.7 billion in its India operations according to local reports.
Enterprises all over the world are migrating from on-premises to cloud-based unified communications. What role can providers play in this market?
AINMT Holdings has selected Alcatel-Lucent for the deployment of a mobile broadband access network in the Scandinavian region.
South Africa’s Liquid Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s DWDM and GPON solutions to expand its networks in Kenya and Uganda.
Chinese vendor Huawei and China Telecom have today announced the successful deployment of what is claimed to be the world’s first transport software defined network (T-SDN).