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Point of View — Software Defined Networking and the Long Road to Nicira's Overnight Success

This point-of-view paper presents a perspective on software-defined networking. Highlights of this paper include:

  • Recent news shines a light on the long journey to the SDN spotlight
  • OpenFlow brought attention to the need for virtual networks
  • CohesiveFT has insights from inside the virtualization and network worlds
  • SDN is necessary for the application controlled layer of cloud computing
  • Considerations for the future of SDN include OpenFlow
  • Big tent definition must emerge to truly capture the capabilities of SDN
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