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Virtualization and #cloudcomputing provider #VMware made its interest in thenetworking space known in recent years by venturing into the #softwaredefined networking market a few years ago. The company launched the @VMware #NSX in late 2013, which merged its existing #vCloud networking product line with the network virtualization platform of @Nicira (which it acquired in 2012) into a single product family. In the years since, VMware has witnessed strong demand for NSX, with the number of customers growing from just under 100 in 2013 to over 2,600 this year. Earlier this month, VMware announced that it will acquire #SDWAN startup @VeloCloud to further its presence in the #SDN space. This is obviously a concern for networking hardware vendors, since the software-centric approach has the potential to make branded high-end networking equipment redundant in the long term. Consequently, this has given a huge opportunity to white-box hardware manufacturers to sell cheaper hardware. As a result, established hardware vendors must compete with software companies (VMware in this case) to build high-end software to match evolving industry requirements and simultaneously match falling hardware prices. Back in 2014, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger mentioned that Cisco branded VMware to be its “public enemy number one” following the NSX launch. At the time, VMware also reached an agreement with and @Cisco’s rival @Juniper Networks which leveraged VMware’s NSX to virtualize Juniper’s networking equipment. ADVERTISEMENT FedEx. We deliver to over 220 countries and territories. From where it’s sourced to where it’s used, FedEx helps deliver global e-commerce. Promoted by FedEx A key market space within SDN is the software-defined WAN (or SD-WAN) market. WAN (wide area networks) is the branch of networking that deals with connecting remote offices and computing devices to a central server or data center typically over a large geographical region. This is different from local area networks, which connect devices limited to distances within a building or a campus with locally managed network interconnects. SD-WAN, or software-defined WAN, uses cloud computing and virtualization technology by separating the hardware involved from its control mechanism. The SD-WAN market can potentially disrupt the traditional enterprise router market

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