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November 2016 Vol. 7, No. 9

Microsoft SDN stack to challenge Cisco, VMware

Microsoft's Azure Stack, in combination with Windows Server 2016, stands to make the software company a major player in the SDN enterprise market, alongside Cisco and VMware. Microsoft introduced this week a technical preview of the Azure Stack, which is expected to ship this year along with Windows Server 2016. The SDN stack has the technology needed to make Microsoft a strong competitor in the space, particularly as a provider of interoperability between enterprises' private clouds and Microsoft's public cloud, Azure. "I do expect Microsoft to become a major SDN player," said John E. Burke, an analyst at Nemertes Research. "As with [Microsoft's] Hyper-V and Azure, it will take a little time for the momentum to build and enterprise comfort levels to rise." Microsoft has built into the Azure Stack several components that are expected to make SDN attractive to enterprises. The technologies include a network controller, load balancing and support for Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN), an encapsulation protocol for running an overlay ...

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