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7/5/2016 03:40 AM EDT
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SDN - It sounds like the future is finally here
spike_johan   7/5/2016 6:28:12 PM
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Great article - thanks.

It looks like Cisco has got its first real competitor in something like 20 years. I like from what I read how this new startup is freshly envisioning the network from Layer 2 and up.

It also sounds like they are intending to give up and coming network management teams configurational simplicity ( a GUI anyone?).

Cisco's tired command line interface coupled with their - too numerous to count - proprietary protocols have made simple things like L2 switching scenarios into cumbersome, sometimes overlapping configurations steps; tending to make them generally overcomplicated which oft times turn into over the top difficult to troubleshoot problems because of the inherent lack of simplicity.

The control plane has long been in need of simplification. The data plane could then correspondingly be made faster.

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