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VMware Builds SDN Ecosystem; Where's Cisco?
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cbabcock
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8/30/2013 | 2:22:19 AM
re: VMware Builds SDN Ecosystem; Where's Cisco?
To be clear, VCE offers Cisco's OnePK and Unified Fabric on its converged infrastructure Vlolock racks. It's the default offering, as stated. But VCE doesn't offer NSX as "a second choice." It's available if the customer chooses to buy NSX from VMware and installs it. Then the Vblock will work with it through support of NSX APIs. Likewise for vCloud Networking and Security, a second VMware product in this area. VCE supports Vblock virtualization up to and including VMware's server hypervisor. It does not provide technical support for networking virtualization via VMware NSX or vCNS. CTO Trey Layton wished to be clear on the point. VCE is a joint venture of EMC and Cisco, with "investment" by VMware and Intel..
Drew Conry-Murray
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8/29/2013 | 9:59:20 PM
re: VMware Builds SDN Ecosystem; Where's Cisco?
Given the market penetration of both VMware and Cisco, I'm guessing they have a lot of customer overlap. Cisco won't like it, but those customers are going to demand tighter integration as they start to play around with NSX. Cisco may be able to stall some of them while it gets Insieme up and running (whatever Insieme happens to be), but I think customer pressure will be too great for Cisco to just pretend NSX never happened.
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8/29/2013 | 9:40:00 PM
re: VMware Builds SDN Ecosystem; Where's Cisco?
In a nutshell, Cisco believes it has to approach network virtualization from the network administrator's and network management console perspective, while VMware is looking at it as another component of the virtualized server. Under NSX, more intelligence on the nature of each VM's network is placed in the host server's hypervisor, as opposed to out on the network command post. Network Computing's Greg Ferro describes it here.
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Lorna Garey
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8/29/2013 | 6:12:29 PM
re: VMware Builds SDN Ecosystem; Where's Cisco?
Charlie, What are the core differences between the Nicera/VMware and Insieme/Cisco approaches to SDN? Are there fundamental technical disagreements, or is it mainly cosmetics and marketecture?


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