25 Software-Defined Networking Players To Know

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Of all the buzzed-about startups that have emerged under the loosely grouped SDN and network virtualization banners, it's Nicira that's seen some of the best ink, strongest momentum and biggest attention. Before emerging from stealth in February, it had already lured a bevy of well-known executive talents from the likes of Cisco, Juniper and other networking pillars to its roster.

Then, Nicira went live with its Network Virtualization Platform (NVP), a software system intended for creating distributed virtual network infrastructure locked and loaded for cloud-centric data centers. Nicira's hook is that the entire software system is decoupled and independent from physical network hardware, which in theory maxes out its flexibility and brings to networking a similar model to the one that made VMware the last name in virtual computing machines.


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