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This was a presentation from 2006 where (starting on slide 30) I described how the way consumer networking vendors built their products would ultimately upend the way enterprise vendors built products. Today, the hype around SDN, commodity switching products, and linux based network operating systems is making much of this come true.
This presentation was first given in May 2006 at the Interop trade show.
Slide 30, is where I talked about how the networking market would split from vertically organized vendors to horizontally specialized vendors. I predicted this transition would take 10 years.
At the time, the use of merchant silicon in datacenter and enterprise switching products was a rarity. Today, it is common. Then linux derivative network OSes were limited to consumer products, today they are taking over large scale cloud datacenters.
The networking market hasn’t come as far as I expected in 10 years, but it’s pretty cool much of this either came true or is on the cusp of coming true. Much more change is under way.