IT execs need to understand the benefits of this network technology in data centers and elsewhere.
Stories by Zeus Kerravala
Linux has long been the basis of commercial networking devices, but is becoming more prevalent on its own in enterprise infrastructure.
Last week, Facebook announced a new product that's supposed to have the networking industry trembling. There were many news stories about Facebook's new homegrown SDN switch, known by the codename "Wedge" that's supposed to be the next big threat to Cisco and the traditional networking vendors. The operating system on the product runs Facebook's proprietary version of Linux called FBOSS.
These acquisitions helped Cisco jump on market trends early on, and take hold of them as they grow into money-makers.
As long as I can remember, I've had an interest in computer programming. I started tinkering as a kid back in the early 1980s with a TI-99-4A and Atari XL Series (remember those membrane keyboards?), Atari STs and Apple II's. Most of that was just goofy kid stuff, sorting baseball and hockey cards and stuff that was Star Trek related.
Some companies actually thrived while Cisco knocked off most of its competitors.
If the LAN is supposed to get smarter and help us improve security — and other control features — with enforcement, what does that mean for policy and identity?