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Dell EMC: Expect big changes as software eats networking

September 04, 2019 / R. DANES

Software is eating networking, and it’s about time. Software-defined networking, network virtualization, software-hardware disaggregation, and intent-based networking are creating a nimbler network for multicloud. They’re changing the experience of networking end users and making new operating models possible. Traditional networking methods — like Multiprotocol Label Switching and traffic backhauling are fading away, according to Tom Gillis (pictured, left), senior vice president and general manager of networking and security at VMware Inc. Standards of measuring network performance are shifting too. “Networking has changed,” Gillis said. “It’s no longer about speeds and feeds. It’s about availability and simplicity.” That essentially means raising networking to the software layer with automation, networking as code, SDN, etc.