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.
VMware made a big splash with the launch of its NSX network virtualization platform at VMworld in August. Executives promoted NSX as a way to transform networking from a manually intensive process to one that's automated and flexible. They also touted partnerships with 20 networking and security vendors as working on NSX integrations. Cisco was notably missing from the list. Not surprisingly, Cisco wasn't excited about a software-only approach to networking.