Guest post by Ben Mason, Service Architect Network/IPT

As the Cloud gains popularity, traditional networking techniques start to show their age. Network vendors and standards bodies are coming to the table with an alphabet soup of new technologies such as TRILL, FabricPath, SPB, OTV, VXLAN, and many more proprietary and open standards to replace, or just overlay, the old standbys like Spanning Tree and VLAN.

Some say there is a lot of promise with the emerging standards that will make the network more flexible and better virtualize how we use the network. What do you think?  Is this Ripe and the emerging standards hold promise, or are we just adding layers of complexity to an already complex network and this is Hype?

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