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July 2013, Volume 2, Number 7

Data center SDN still in its infancy, says expert

Vendors say that software-defined networking can solve many of the issues that networks have traditionally posed for virtualized environments. Data center SDN can help shift environments closer to the cloud by bringing the network to parity with other aspects of virtualized infrastructure. Bob Muglia, executive vice president of software and solutions at Juniper Networks, talked with Modern Infrastructure about the emergence of SDN, what it means for enterprise data centers, and why IT managers should care about this still-evolving technology. Prior to joining Juniper, Muglia spent more than two decades at Microsoft. Most recently he was president of the Server and Tools division and worked on some of the company’s key virtualization- and cloud-based technologies. As Muglia noted, “When we were building System Center and Hyper-V, and when we were building Azure, . . . the lack of dynamic capabilities in the network was a significant bottleneck.” Modern Infrastructure: What are the potential benefits of SDN for an ...

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