Nicira peels back the curtain on the future of networking - Interview with Nicira CTO Martin Casado

Stealth networking startup Nicira Networks issued their first press release this week, I sat down with Nicira co-founder Martin Casado to discuss

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Art: As you know the ability for deep ecosystem integration into traditional networking solutions is pretty pathetic. In contrast the x86 environment has provided a robust development environment to third-party developers, but this is never happened in the networking industry. To me this is one of the most exciting things about OpenFlow, where we can see with applications such as RouteFlow that third-party development capabilities allow for a substantially deep level of integration, and I think it is amazing that this deep integration can be accomplished all via API without requiring on-box integration or exposing the kernel. To me this clearly paves the way for a more robust networking ecosystem then I think we've ever been able to see the industry.

Martin: That's exactly right, and I think that's the right way to articulate it. We do some higher-level services where it makes sense but were not going to do all of them. I think there will be a very rich ecosystem develop around virtual networking and I expect to see a lot of growth in this area. 

Art: Is there anything else that I missed that you would like to Share? 

Martin: Just to summarize, Nicira is announcing some of the work that they've been doing which is in production with some key customers. We are doing virtualization of the fabric from the edge and of course we have other exciting features coming that we are not quite ready to talk about, and I think that's a good spot to be in.

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