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The 10 Coolest Software-Defined Networking Technologies Of 2017 (So Far)

These 10 software-defined networking technologies are some of the coolest and most-sought-after SDN products in the market today.

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Cisco ACI

It's hard to talk about SDN without mentioning Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which was unveiled four years ago and is based on Cisco Nexus 9000 switches and its Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).

Although the average deployment for ACI can be pricey – partners say the cost is around $200,000 to $250,000 with typical customers being large enterprises or service providers – Cisco reported during its third fiscal quarter that ACI grew 42 percent year over year.

"Our ACI portfolio grew 42 percent as customers moved to 100-Gig and look to automate the network and increase network performance, visibility and security," said Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins. "Our APIC adoption continues to increase rapidly with over 380 new ACI customers in Q3, bringing our total to nearly 3,500."

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