Articles Tagged with Cisco

VMware Ends Support for 3rd Party Virtual Switches

This post on reddit appears to intimate that VMware is closing its API for virtual switches to all parties, including its long-standing networking partner Cisco. When I first read the post, I thought the move was a retrograde step by VMware and another veiled dig at its ecosystem. The post links to an official blog post on the VMware site stating that moving forward, VMware “will have a single virtual switch strategy that focuses on two sets of native virtual switch offerings – VMware vSphere® Standard Switch and vSphere Distributed Switch™ for VMware vSphere, and the Open virtual switch (OVS).”

From a numbers perspective, this makes sense, as about 99% of its customers are already using this single model of standard virtual switch and/or distributed virtual switch. It does fall into what research is stating. We at TVP Strategy applaud any attempt at reducing complexity, but we do find the fact that this announcement was hidden away in a blog post obtuse in the extreme. 

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NetApp Picks Up SolidFire; Should Someone Pick Up NetApp?

A week later than some people predicted, the news has broken. NetApp has bought SolidFire for $870M. This continues the trend for established storage companies to acquire start-ups with great flash products rather than building their own. SolidFire initially targeted the service provider market with its scale-out all-flash array. In the last year or so, SolidFire has taken aim at enterprise data centers as well. In both of these markets, NetApp is well established as a vendor of disk-based storage arrays. However, it has been losing market share due fundamentally to a lack of a modern solid-state product. The FlashRay product that NetApp developed has failed, leaving NetApp no option but to acquire.

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Dell + (EMC + VMware) = ?

Wall Street has had a massive few days covering the Dell/EMC news. From a financial standpoint, any company that pays $67 billion to acquire another company is certainly major news, but from a technical standpoint, what exactly does this mean for the virtualization industry?

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Network Virtualization

Another Missile Fired in the Cisco vs. VMware SDN War

Network Virtualization

Yesterday I was reading about Cisco’s fourth quarter earnings results, as you do when you are bored and waiting for the next episode of EastEnders to start—well, we all have to take a rest from SDN goodness every now and then. Now, this was interesting for two reasons. It was the last quarter under the leadership of big bad John Chambers and the first announced by new head honcho Chuck Robbins (sounds like a cross between a cage fighter and a liberal comedian). Firstly, congratulations are in order on the results—Cisco exceeded analysts’ predictions of $12.6 billion in revenue, with $12.8 billion and a per-share profit of 59 cents, up almost 4% over the previous year, and an overall year-over-year increase of 4%.

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