ESG Brief: Importance of Software in Networking
ESG Brief

Jun 02, 2015
Software has always been a critical part of networking infrastructure (being found in hardware devices and virtual appliances), and its importance has continued to grow with the advent of software-defined networking. Yet debates on the type of network processing hardware (ASICs versus merchant silicon) draw a disproportionate amount of attention. A clear understanding of where the hardware matters and where the software matters will provide clarity on how to make purchase decisions. ESG recommends that customers evaluate their devices in a holistic manner that includes reviewing the software capabilities in addition to the core hardware capabilities. The networking vendors need to provide clear metrics on their software capabilities, quantified if possible.

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ESG Brief: Importance of Software in Networking
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