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The 10 Coolest Software-Defined Networking Technologies Of 2016 (So Far)

CRN looks at 10 of the coolest software-defined networking technologies in the market so far this year that are revolutionizing the network world.

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Cisco ACI

With an annual run rate of $2.2 billion, Cisco Systems' Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is continuing to grow rapidly. ACI is based on the company's Nexus 9000 series of switches and includes Cisco's Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). The policy-based automation solution reduces application deployment times from weeks to minutes, according to Cisco.

Cisco has the largest market share by ports shipped and by SDN revenue in the data center, according to research firm IHS. Cisco said earlier this year that ACI has more than 1,400 customers.

To further accelerate ACI adoption rates, Cisco acquired cloud management startup CliQr for $260 million in March.

 
 
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