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Nicira Acquisition Is VMware's Smartest Move Yet
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User Rank: Apprentice
7/30/2012 | 2:37:37 AM
re: Nicira Acquisition Is VMware's Smartest Move Yet
Agree, this was a great buy for VMware. This price will be justified if vendor agnostic SDN takes off with Nicira as the preferred management platform. The question is: Will this spell the end of VBlock, VCE and the Cisco/EMC (VMware) partnership? I cannot imagine that Cisco is pleased that their partners at EMC/VMware will be going after their core business. This acquisition is shocking because EMC/VMware were supposed to be Cisco's allies against, basically, the rest of the industry and they were the first major company to buy an agnostic SDN management platform.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/27/2012 | 7:31:17 PM
re: Nicira Acquisition Is VMware's Smartest Move Yet
Hi Elias,

I enjoyed your thoughtful analysis of the Nicira acquisition, but you're quite wrong to suggest that Cisco "thinks there's no hurry" about embracing software defined networking.

Cisco pioneered network virtualization when it introduced the Nexus 1000V (the first software defined networking technology) in 2009. Nexus 1000v brought network virtualization intelligence to production data center networks for the first time.

Today, Cisco has more than 6,000 Nexus 1000v production customers using distributed virtual networks to deliver highly secure, multitenant data center environments. I might add that the Nexus 1000v supports multi-vendor hypervisor solutions from Microsoft, Citrix and Red Hat, as well as VMware

To bring your readers right up to date, I would urge them to review the Cisco ONE strategy announcement made by our company in June 2012. Cisco ONE is an extremely comprehensive strategy and product roadmap to address network virtualization and programmability using open APIG«÷s across its IOS, NX-OS and IOS-XR platforms.

The press release is available here:

Incidentally, as part of this announcement, Cisco also introduced controller software, which is the key offering of Nicira.

Cisco is committed to leading the industry with innovations in new network architectures. Network programmability is one of the key component of this strategy and a natural extension of what we do.


David McCulloch
Director, Corporate Communications

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