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Networking 2013: The Year of SDN

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.
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After months of speculation about what it was up to with Insieme, Cisco finally launched its Application Centric Infrastructure SDN platform in November. With ACI, Cisco straddles physical and virtual networks; Cisco's controller works with both a physical underlay and a network overlay but currently requires the new Nexus 9000 switches. Designed to streamline network configuration and data center automation, ACI is not expected to ship until mid-2014.

 

Marcia Savage is the managing editor for Network Computing, and has been covering technology for 15 years. She has written and edited for CRN and spent several years covering information security for SC Magazine and TechTarget. Marcia began her journalism career in daily ... View Full Bio

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