2014 may go down as the year network virtualization went mainstream. When I first tapped into the industry I had no idea what I was getting into. So what’s it like for the beginner today? What it’s like for the newbie searching “network virtualization” or stumbling across the term on a late night Wikipedia binge?
It’s scary at first; insert graph figures with arrows pointing to circles with letters in boxes, arcs and squares everywhere. It’s more complex than any Dr. Seuss book, but the art isn’t in the pictures or the words, it’s in the design.
To fully understand network virtualization, you need to know the scene. The development, partnerships, key players and drama. I could point you to SDxCentral’s What is Network Virtualization and NV Resources pages, but in this rapidly evolving industry, maybe it’s easier to learn backward. So check out this list of SDxCentral’s “where to start” stories of 2014 for beginners.
Microservers, Network Hypervisors, and the Hyper-Converged Future.
Virtualization is always looking for the highest performance and lowest power consumption. Hypervisors are the software elements responsible for running virtual machines. This article discusses what capabilities the network hypervisor must include.
Subscriber-Aware Service Function Chaining — What, Why & How?
Users can use network virtualization to run programmable, SDN-enabled private networks on the Internet2 backbone. Rob Vietzke, Internet2‘s vice president of network services, explains what this means for Internet2 and virtualization.
Where there’s money, there’s drama, and data center virtualization is where the money’s at. I’m hoping for a Network Virtualization Digest magazine in the supermarket checkout lines soon.
2014 Network Virtualization Report
And lastly, for beginners and experts, this useful resource, produced by SDxCentral, lists key NV vendors and brings you up-to-date on the progress in the NV market. It’s available for free download.