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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....
software defined networks,
France’s Alcatel-Lucent has repaid in full, a $1.75 billion loan that was secured with group’s patents on January 30, 2013.
Cisco Systems is to cut approximately 6000 members of its workforce after reporting slow sales growth in the last quarter.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has partnered with service provider Pioneer Cellular to deploy a 4G LTE overlay network in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas in Midwestern US.
Australian carrier Telstra has launched a global cloud based unified communications service to enable business to collaborate in real time across the globe.
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