A while ago I decided to figure out how well various vendors support virtualized networking (one of the answers: some of the solutions don’t scale) and what can be done with virtual network appliances (I was pleasantly surprised by F5’s BIG-IP LTM VE and Vyatta). You’ll find some of my other thoughts on this subject in the Virtual network appliances: Benefits and drawbacks article published by SearchNetworking.
Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354, is the chief technology advisor for NIL Data Communications. He has been designing and implementing large-scale data communications networks as well as teaching and writing books about advanced technologies since 1990. See his full profile, contact him or follow @ioshints on Twitter.