Cisco Live happened in the US this week and it seems like a good time to briefly summarise a few of the anouncements that I saw.
Embrane announced that they will be offering:
…. lifecycle management for virtual network service delivered within Cisco ACI™. The company also announced plans for integrating the Embrane Elastic Services Manager (ESM) with the Cisco® Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).
I believe that this is a major pivot for Embrane and partnering to add value to Cisco ACI makes sense since ACI replaces much of Embrane’s networking capability. A recent $12 million funding round was led by Cisco and will be useful to build up the partnerships that ACI needs to gain acceptance in the market. Embrane execs are ex-Cisco and should understand how to work with Cisco to get good results.
Summary: a good move.
Cisco acquires Threatgrid
Cisco has bought yet another security company. ThreatGrid is a company that has a sandbox platform that performs analysis for malware. In security circles, sandboxing is the latest fashion (the new black) trend for malware detection. Sandboxing extracts and loads files from the mail server or web proxy and analyses the memory for malware.
Summary: Many of Cisco’s competitors have the technology so it seems that they have decided to catch up or “fast follow” the market.
F5 Buys Defense.Net
F5 continues its attempt to become a security company instead of just being a load balancing business. After calling itself a web security company, now it is acquiring a DDOS company – Hybrid DDoS Needs Hybrid Defense | F5 DevCentral. Defense.net appears to have a typical DDOS capability based on cloud platform which can take redirected traffic for scrubbing. I suspect that F5 will implement DDOS detection in their appliance softare and look like most other DDOS solutions on the market. Of course, at the Enterprise market, using the F5 appliance makes some sense.
Summary: F5 keep trying to move into adjacent markets with mixed success. Security and DDOS makes sense. Will be interesting to see if it works out but I’m negative overall.
VMware & JP Morgan Conference Transcript
JP Morgan has a conference with Martin Casado from VMware NSX, JR Rivers from Cumulus Networks and Rod hall from JP Morgan. This transcript is a good summary of where and how VMware NSX will sit in the market, highlights it’s strengths and capabilities.
Summary: Long but thought provoking read on the state of networking with some insights on how VMware NSX will process in the market. But highlights that VMware doesn’t properly understand what networking professionals are going through.
Cisco Prime NSC Evolves
Out of all the technology that attaches to Cisco ACI, I’m most interested in Cisco Prime Network Services Controller which is moving into a cloud management platform. While I haven’t resolved the conflict between UCS Director and Prime NSC and how the overlap will be resolved, I’m can that Cisco is heading into Cloud Orchestration via this path.
Summary: Cisco is moving into cloud and moving away from being a networking company and this is the product where is will happen.