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Protocol Projects Underscore SDN's Growth

SDN is constantly evolving and that process is helped along by numerous projects and other industry developments.

Denise Culver

February 9, 2017

2 Min Read
Protocol Projects Underscore SDN's Growth

One of the most intriguing aspects of virtualization is examining its building blocks to see how they have evolved, and a perfect example can be found in SDN.

Originally, SDN widely was associated with the OpenFlow protocol managed by the ONF, which was founded in 2011. Since then, alternate SDN projects have exploded, including OpenDaylight, ONOS, Project Floodlight, OpenContrail and ON.LAB.

In just the past week, five significant announcements have been covered by Light Reading that underscore the continuing growth and exploration of SDN:

As a result of SDN's burgeoning development, there are many companies and products featured in Virtuapedia, with a few standouts like:

  • Ericsson's Cloud SDN is a network virtualization solution that gives intra- and inter-datacenter connectivity for virtual, physical and container-based workloads, while combining an OpenDaylight controller and routing capabilities.

    • Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) from Nuage Networks provides software-defined networking and policy-based automation for cloud deployments in large enterprises and service provider networks, including datacenters and WANs.

    • NSX from VMware is a network virtualization platform for software-defined data centers.

    • Juniper Networks' QFabric System flattens the data center to a single tier from which all access points are equal to support L2-3 and Fibre Channel over Ethernet capabilities.

      More than 1,500 companies are now listed in Virtuapedia, making it the telecom industry's most comprehensive resource for all things related to virtualization. Some 12,000 network professionals also are now registered with Virtuapedia, giving them access not only to vendor and product information but also to the latest industry news and research from Heavy Reading.

      To get your company listed in Virtuapedia, go to the Get Listed tab on the site. To join the growing ranks of the virtualization community and get access to executive summaries of Heavy Reading's research, go to the Register Now tab.

      — Denise Culver, Director of Online Research, Heavy Reading

      CALLING ALL CLOUD, NFV AND SDN COMPANIES:
      Make sure your company and services are listed free of charge at Virtuapedia, the comprehensive set of searchable databases covering the companies, products, industry organizations and people that are directly involved in defining and shaping the virtualization industry.

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About the Author(s)

Denise Culver

Online Research Director

Denise manages Heavy Reading's Thought Leadership Council, which uses a focus group approach to glean insights from CSPs on topics ranging from automation, IoT, 5G, B/OSS transformation, SD-WAN and emerging technologies. Additionally, Denise covers the test and measurement industry as an analyst, focusing on how T&M vendors are addressing telco transformation, as well as the impact that technologies such as IoT are having on service provider networks. Denise also continues to oversee development of Light Reading's Pedia projects, including Virtuapedia and Testapedia. Previously, she was a Contributing Analyst with Heavy Reading for seven years, covering a wide range of areas, including mobile, IP transformation and T&M. Her career in technology journalism began in 1996, and she is a past winner of the American Business Media Association's Jesse Neal Award for editorial achievement. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

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