2012 Prediction: Big Switch Networks

I’ve talked to many industry veterans who say that 2011 is one of the most exciting years for networking. If this is the year that people have been excited about what’s possible, then 2012 is going to be the year that they’re excited about what’s actually available for deployment. Here are my three predictions for 2012:

  1. Scale-out Distributed Virtual Switch Will Grow Beyond Hypervisor
  2. OpenFlow Footprint Will Be Expanded into Enterprise Networks
  3. Network Admins Are the “Cool Kids on the Block” Again, Thanks to Software Defined Networking (SDN)/OpenFlow