Taken together, the new hardware and software is intended to give incumbents and startups alike with a contender in the data center fabric and software-defined networking arena. Forty gigabit Ethernet will stretch the boundaries in physical density, while features like an OpenStack plugin and OpenFlow forwarding will enable programmability in clouds and SDNs.
Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 25 years, 21 at Network World. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy.
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