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Lane Irvine, director of network services and collaboration at Long View, agreed with Long View's MacDonald and added that, while customers aren't necessarily deploying SDN architectures today, it's definitely something they should start considering now.
"It's somewhat like IPv6 in the fact that we aren’t seeing a lot of customers make extensive use of [SDN] today, but absolutely every customer needs to understand how to prepare for it in the future," Irvine said. "It's going to be here, and it's going to be a really important component of their network."
In addition to Insieme, Cisco announced Wednesday a number of updates to its Unified Fabric and Nexus portfolio. Firstly, the networking giant took the wraps off a new network provisioning solution called Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA). The aim of DFA is to simplify the management of data center fabrics and optimize fabrics for greater scale and efficiency.
"Cisco is raising the bar in the data center network by bringing the Unified Fabric and setting the new standard for any networking vendors who claim that they are providing data center switching fabric," said David Yen, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Technology Group at Cisco, during the press conference Wednesday.
At the heart of DFA is updated version of Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), which providers a centralized point of management for data center fabrics, along with automated network provisioning, a common point for fabric access and host, network and tenant visibility. DCNM also provides capabilities for provisioning virtual machine deployments, Cisco said.
Lastly, Cisco expanded its Nexus 7000 switch portfolio to include the new Nexus 7700 Series switches and new F3 Series I/O modules.
The new switches, which are scheduled to start shipping in July, include the 10-slot Nexus 7710 and 18-slot 7718. Cisco said the Nexus 7718 delivers the industry's highest capacity 40G and 100G switch with up to 384 40-Gbps ports and 192 100-Gbps ports. The Nexus 7718 has been designed to deliver up to 83Tbps of switching capacity.
The new F3 Series I/O modules are said by Cisco to provide a 60 percent increase in power efficiency compared to its predecessors, and they will be supported by both the 7000 and 7700 Nexus Series.