SOURCE: Midokura


December 12, 2013 09:01 ET

Midokura Predicts Four IT, Network Virtualization and Software-Defined Networking Trends for 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2013) - Midokura, a global startup focused on network virtualization, today announced four predictions for the year ahead in IT, network virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN). These predictions are bolstered by already emerging trends in the industry and based on the company's interactions with customers, partners, analysts and industry experts from around the globe.

Midokura's four predictions for 2014 are:

1. Shared network resources means policies will become significantly more important
It is becoming an increasingly shared-resource, time-sharing-like world, so the industry will start to recognize all of the implications in the networking and application realms. Wheel of Reincarnation was a phrase used in computer graphics where systems designs swing back and forth like a pendulum. A similar turn of the wheel is happening today due to cloud computing where people share computer resources, much like in the time-sharing days, when people logged into multi-user operating systems from terminals. Instead of terminals, people now use web browsers, RESTful API clients, or whatever fits their needs, but the fundamental issue is the same: more sharing.

2. Applications will matter more
Due to the increasing level of sharing, notions such as Quality of Service and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) will become even more important in shared infrastructure environments. This has always been a concern in networking, but in 2014, people will realize that tying application performance policy to networking becomes very important. Initiatives such as Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure will bring these issues to top of mind for IT managers. Since networking is the key element that ties modern application workloads, people will look at the infrastructure from the viewpoint of applications, and notions such as an Application Controlled Network, will arise.

3. Software-Defined-Clarity
2013 was the year of Software-Defined-Everything. This includes the Software-Defined Data Center, Software-Defined Storage and Software-Defined Networking. In the networking arena, this became muddied as any equipment that has some form of programmability and control was considered a form of software-defined networking. Meanwhile, virtualized networks also got lumped into software-defined networking. In 2014, there will be a clearer definition -- to separate network virtualization (mostly overlay networks) vs. automation of physical devices and people will stop mixing them up. This swing of the pendulum has occurred in the past, and will affect the use of catch phrases such as SDN or NFV, and people will start being more specific. 

4. Network virtualization will move beyond POC and pilot stages
IT groups spent 2013 examining network virtualization in a test-phase, but they will start to put serious effort into putting it into production class environments in the new year. This is a simple prediction -- and it's hard to put numbers on the level of adoption, but the same cycle of curiosity, skepticism, "show me", and "put into production" has occurred with adoption of compute virtualization, and will occur in network virtualization in 2014.

"2013 was a time of innovation, especially with regards to virtualization and the network. In 2014, we can expect the network virtualization and SDN buzz to continue on strong and become more than just buzz words. We envision 2014 will be the year of education and proof points, the industry will truly begin to understand the benefits of this market-changing technology. Additionally, we expect that networking will be a key ingredient in supporting the policies of application owners," said Dan Mihai Dumitriu, CEO for Midokura. "Midokura looks forward to continuing to push the boundaries in the New Year and advance our brand of network virtualization technology."

Midokura recently announced a new release of its flagship product, MidoNet. MidoNet is a distributed, multi-layer network virtualization solution specifically designed for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Midokura's approach not only adds automation that significantly reduces the human cost (OPEX) of managing the network, but also impacts the overall economics of cloud computing (CAPEX) by simplifying network requirements.


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Midokura is a global startup focused on network virtualization. Founded in 2010, the team has a pedigree including Amazon and Google, and has spent more than three years building MidoNet, a complete overlay network virtualization solution that integrates with cloud platforms, such as OpenStack. Midokura has offices in San Francisco, Tokyo and Barcelona, and is on the web at

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