Latest SDN publications

Cisco to acquire SD-WAN company Viptela

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Viptela, a Silicon Valley company that specializes in software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) in the cloud. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this year and will cost Cisco $610 million USD in cash and equity awards. Viptela’s cloud-native SD-WAN product will expand Cisco’s SD-WAN… Read More

Riverbed to acquire Xirrus WiFi for SD-WAN functionality

Riverbed Technologies has announced the signing of a deal to acquire Xirrus, a cloud WiFi network provider, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition of Xirrus is intended to strengthen Riverbed’s existing software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) offering by combining unified cross-network connectivity with Xirrus’ enterprise-level WiFi functionality. In April 2016 Riverbed launched SteelConnect, an application-defined SD-WAN… Read More

Virtual1 expands SDN offering across UK

UK cloud and connectivity service provider Virtual1 has announced plans to extend its software-defined network, expanding its existing London-based footprint and adding a further 180 towns and cities across the UK. The company hopes to become the country’s largest and most advanced wholesale-only network by the end of the year. In an official announcement, Tom… Read More

Researchers propose using software-defined networking to unify cloud and edge

A team of researchers have proposed a method to use cloud and fog, or edge, computing structures to complement one another – rather than viewing edge computing as a replacement for the cloud. Using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to manage the interaction between cloud and edge resources, a network can remain dynamic, agile and efficient while… Read More

Is multi-dimensional network convergence the future of 5G – and the death of new infrastructure?

If convergence is the key to 5G, how can it be achieved under current market models..? Opinion As I write, the National Infrastructure Commission is lamenting Britain’s laggard place in 4G connectivity, at the same time that the UK government is increasingly depending on the Shoreditch set to re-cement the country’s viability as a global… Read More