The software-defined networking (SDN) trend has taken hold in the networking and infrastructure communities -- as a way to make networks more programmable and leverage the power of network virtualization and other emerging technologies. So, it's little surprise that many of networking's most buzzed-about new companies address SDN head-on.
Their success portends not only the future of the trend but also how the traditional networking channel will be able to profit from it, especially as those companies begin to articulate channel strategies. Here's a look at 10 emerging vendors -- some SDN-related, some not -- that we'll be keeping an eye on throughout 2012 and the coming years. They join other emerging vendors such as Blue Jeans Network and Big Switch Networks that appeared in similar CRN lists in 2011.