VCE chooses Cisco ACI as SDN Strategy Instead of VMware NSX

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I doubt that anyone bought a Vblock because it was a market leading networking strategy. I’ve been a supporter of VCE but today I’m doubtful that choosing Cisco ACI is good strategy for their customers. My view is that most customers buy VCE Vblocks as a VMware platform. What VCE offers is a services package of fully supported storage, compute and networking that removes customer risk around VMware deployments while reselling EMC & Cisco hardware.

Erratum: On Cisco IOS and QNX

In last weeks Packet Pushers episode Show 177 – Current Practices I speculated about the relationship of Cisco and QNX. Turns out that most of what I discussed was wide of the mark and partly incorrect.

Response: Cisco Extends ACI’s APIC to Campus & WANs – Reactions and Thoughts

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Cisco announces that it has expanded its ACI Strategy to include the Campus and WAN in the scope of the product as well hybrid cloud functionality. Some thoughts on what this means for network architects and engineers: My View – Cisco wants to maintain control and ownership of customer budgets on networking by having a […]

Cisco Has a Netflix (or Amazon Video) Software Platform

I’ve heard a few people state recently that Cisco hasn’t made a large acquisition in the last couple of years. Although the Insieme/Cisco ACI spin-in was high profile, it was moderately valued about USD$800MM and it wasn’t really an acquisition. It’s the acquisition of NDS that most people are not aware of. Cisco acquired NDS […]

Musing: Cisco ACI Validates The Independent Network Operating System Model

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The Cisco Nexus 9000 supports two versions of network operating system on the device. You can buy some models of the Nexus 9000 family today that run NX-OS just like the NX6K, NX7K etc and late in 2014 “NX-OS Plus” will be available. Two operating systems for the same switch isn’t new for Cisco if you remember the switch […]

Musing: Cisco ACI and UCS are made for each other

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The first thing I thought of when I saw this slide is that Cisco UCS will be integrated ACI in short order. It seems like the obvious competitive response to VMware ESX ability to virtualise the hypervisor. I asked the question during my briefing and got an answer that indicated that wider integration of Cisco products, including […]

Response: Cisco Closes Sourcefire Acquisition; Delivers Threat-Centric Security Model

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The announcement is a major change in Cisco Security strategy and perspective and, I think, a promising step forward: From a strategic standpoint, we will focus on a “threat-centric” security model moving forward – meaning that we will put a heavier focus on the threats themselves versus policy or controls. Given the fast-changing threat landscape, […]