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Will SDN Commoditize Network Hardware?

There has been some speculation in recent months that the trend toward Software Defined Networking (SDN) could have a negative effect on Cisco.

According to Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior, that is simply not the case.

Warrior stated that SDN is not about commoditizing network infrastructure itself as some critics have argued.

"These architectures actually place more demands on the core infrastructure to enable network virtualization securely, with high performance, at scale," Warrior wrote. "To be clear, there will be new business models and new architectures for infrastructure, but SDN no more minimizes the underlying infrastructure than a new steering wheel undermines the importance of a car engine."

Read the full story at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet:
Cisco: SDN Doesn't Commoditize Network Infrastructure

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