We had a production schedule challenge this week, so we decided it might be a good idea to run this week’s Network Break podcast in the Weekly Show slot. So, we took a little longer with the Network Break than usual, and dug a little deeper into the news and analysis. We hope you don’t mind!
Blue Coat to be Acquired by Bain Capital
Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security solutions to protect enterprises against even the most advanced threats, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds advised by Bain Capital, one of the world’s foremost private investment firms. The company is being acquired from Thoma Bravo, LLC in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.4 billion.
Open Network Linux
Big Switch Networks, the company bringing hyperscale networking to data centers worldwide, today announced that the Open Compute Project (OCP) has formally accepted Big Switch’s contribution of Open Network Linux (ONL) as its reference Network Operating System (NOS). ONL is a Linux-based open source network operating system to bare-metal and branded white-box (“brite box”) switches.
Broadcom Open Switch APIs Drive Innovation in Network Infrastructure
Broadcom doesn’t want to sell switches to Cisco, it wants to sell switches to everyone. Not stuck in a monopsony. Cisco stills wants to make its own silicon and prevents Broadcom/Cavium/intel from expanding in this market.
Juniper Innovation Showcase Event Review – Main Points
Juniper planted their flag firmly on routing, switching, and security. They made a big deal about custom silicon as well. Another keyword was “automation.” They added a spine switch, the QFX10000, which fills in the pesky hole that QFabric never properly filled. In the security space, Juniper wants to secure the network, traffic flowing through the network at any point was the impression they left. They don’t want to own your entire security infrastructure, just focus on what they are good at. Northstar controller for SPs was discussed. Notably, Juniper is not interested in Northstar integration with ODL. But someone could integrate the two, as the APIs are open.