Networking 2013: The Year of SDN, December 17, 2013 Software-defined networking and network virtualization grabbed the industry by the throat in 2013, dominating almost every conversation about the future of networking. The year also was marked by major M&A deals, the arrival of 802.11ac products, and the ongoing Huawei saga. Here, we take you back through some of the memorable moments in networking in 2013.
Cisco Acquires Sourcefire
While not as much of a game-changer as its acquisition of Whiptail, Cisco's $2.7 billion purchase of IDS specialist Sourcefire was big news in the security space. The move bolsters Cisco's position in network security, which some experts saw as faltering, but raised questions of product overlap. The deal also extended Cisco's efforts in open source; the company promised to keep the open source IDS Snort, created by Sourcefire's founder, free.