December 03, 2012, 1:29 PM — Juniper Networks Executive Vice President Bob Muglia spelled it out succinctly: the nascent software-defined networking market is morphing into three camps - OpenFlow/open source, Cisco and VMware.
Muglia said Juniper is looking to coalesce the industry around a third "standard" in SDN controllers, one that would be an open source alternative to those offered, or to be offered, from Cisco and VMware. Given their dominant positions in their respective markets, Muglia expects Cisco and VMware to be leading players in SDNs.
"We think the likely thing and the best thing for the industry is to have an open source controller emerge that becomes a third standard controller," Muglia said in an interview with Network World in September. "One that is available broadly across companies and supports the broad set of capabilities that are needed."
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And that pretty much lays out how the SDN marketplace is shaping up - the Cisco camp, the VMware camp, and everyone else looking for an alternative to Cisco and VMware. That mantle is falling on the open source community, where OpenFlow-based controllers have seized the early momentum.