Depending on who you listen to, or sometimes just on what time of day you listen to them, Software-Defined Networking is either the biggest thing to hit the computing industry in years, or just the latest trendy fad.
Either way, it's clearly generating a lot of activity right now, culminating in last week's Open Networking Summit, ONS 2012.
A lot of the coverage has depicted the new technology as still in its infancy, but Google's Urs Hoezle suggested at the summit that OpenFlow networking is much more mature than you might think:
In a separate conversation after the keynote, Holzle said Google does not expect to buy OpenFlow systems this year as it focuses on finishing the implementation of its current G-Scale network. However he opened the door to purchases in 2013 and beyond, probably looking for 40G systems supporting as many as 1,000 ports.
If there's just way too much to read about these topics right now, here are a couple nice summaries, that can help guide your way:
Even if you're not in the networking world specifically (and I'm generally not), it's worth trying to keep up with what's going on, and there's plenty here to keep you busy.