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May 10, 2011  1:02 PM

OpenFlow concept embodies challenges to Cisco’s resurgence

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, control plane, OpenFlow

It’s hard not to wonder at the way a company that was once a model of tech success (“I want to be the next Cisco”) is now seen as a model of a transition failure. The idea of breaking Cisco up into pieces so that valuable parts can grow faster than “legacy”...

October 21, 2009  10:17 PM

Cisco’s ISR G2 and Borderless Networking: Service layer implications?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, control plane, equipment vendors, Linux, service layer architecture, Virtualization

Cisco has announced a new generation of its popular ISR platform (G2, fittingly), and also announced an initiative/architecture called Borderless Networking. The ISR upgrades...

March 16, 2009  5:02 PM

Cisco’s blade server market entry: Can it work?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, control plane, data center, HP ProCurve, Juniper, servers, service delivery platforms

Cisco is expected to launch its blade server project “California” today, and there is a lot of disagreement over just what’s coming. Some predict Cisco...

November 20, 2008  8:41 PM

Ericsson develops packet-optical gear for metro surge

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, control plane, Metro Area Networks, Metro Ethernet, MPLS, Network equipment, Optical Networking, PBT, Routers, Switches

Ericsson is fielding a line of packet optical gear designed to address the expected surge in metro networking. The new products will support a T-MPLS control plane, but Ericsson plans to upgrade to the more modern MPLS-TP and is also considering PBT (PBB-TE).

Metro capacity may be driven...

February 25, 2008  11:47 PM

Juniper separates router control plane processing

Posted by: Tom Nolle
control plane, Juniper Networks, Routers

Juniper today announced a significant shift in the traditional architecture of routers, one that allows an external server (the JCS 1200) to provide control plane processing for forwarding-plane networks created on Juniper's line of routers. Traditional router architecture has used either an...


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