In Pictures: Top 25 network and IT industry stories of 2012

The Cloud, tablets, software-defined networking, IPv6 and 4G wireless reshape the enterprise IT landscape in 2012

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SDN everywhere

While software-defined networking, OpenFlow and SDN remain far from being household words, enterprise IT pros have been hard-pressed to avoid these terms in 2012. The OpenFlow-focused Open Networking Summit sold out in April, fueled by interest in technology promising a more flexible and programmable network architecture. Start-ups such as Big Switch Networks, Plexxi, PLUMgrid, Cisco spin-in Insieme and Nicira all grabbed headlines, as they scored gobs of venture funding, got bought out or rolled out products. Meanwhile, established vendors such Brocade, Cisco, Juniper, HP and Alcatel-Lucent aired their SDN plans, such as Cisco ONE.

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