While some vendors such as Brocade and NEC have been upfront about their SDN plans, others like Cisco have been relatively tight-lipped. The general thinking goes that SDNs could threaten legacy equipment -- and profit margins -- for some established players. However, word has leaked out recently that Cisco is incubating an SDN-focused startup called Insieme.
The new Open Networking Research Center is the latest effort by SDN supporters to join together. Last year, a group called the Open Networking Foundation formed to standardize OpenFlow and speed delivery of SDN products to market. Early members included Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon and Yahoo.
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