What it is, why it's becoming increasingly important.
For one thing: "the next big thing on the networking horizon."
Analyst says it brings SDN to enterprise networking.
Company says it unifies defense across multivendor environments that can span private and public clouds.
It provides a pay-as-you-go pricing model for organizations implementing large-scale application deployments.
It also includes an integrated framework for network functions virtualization (NFV) management.
Endpoint security with game-changing potential.
Deal includes network OS, vRouter line of virtual routers, NFV talent and more.
It promises end-to-end network automation and control across all network domains and layers.
"The motivation for deploying SD-WAN may have started with cost reduction and improved performance, but that's changing."
It promises to simplify the process of buying and adding network functionality.
It runs on standard off-the-shelf Intel servers and achieves core network efficiency by packing multiple networking components into a small number of compute cores.
"This new network will be programmable at its core and will automate the provisioning of new applications and services."
The networking modernization movement is going slowly, so Cisco wants to find out why.
Telecoms such as Vodafone and AT&T are leading the way in network modernization efforts.
Five-year-old startup rival Viptela was founded by former Cisco execs.
"SDN controllers introduced undesired complexity and limit interoperability."
It helps organizations spin up SDN/NFV environments for development, evaluation and learning.
Here's a look at new developments in the software-defined networking space.
Carrier takes another step to fully virtualize its global network with next-generation technology.
The Nuage Virtualized Service Platform provides policy-based automation across the datacenter and WAN.
Web giant is building a next-gen networking platform for operators to run their services on.
Framework provides real-time, policy-driven software automation of virtual network functions.
Don't blame it all on Amazon.
Company extends software-defined reach to branch offices, network edges.
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