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 Whiptail
Cisco shook up the market when it expanded into storage by purchasing all-solid-state-array vendor Whiptail for $415 million. While the deal raised some questions about Cisco's partnership with EMC in VCE, Network Computing blogger Howard Marks wrote that the Whiptail acquisition allows Cisco to "enter the storage market at the leading edge without attacking its storage partners head-on."