Cisco, VMware Talk SDN on VCE Vblocks
Both companies boast about the performance of their network virtualization offerings on converged platforms like Vblocks and FlexPod solutions.Makers of integrated data center systems are embracing software-defined networking technologies, and in the process, becoming a flashpoint in the growing competition between Cisco Systems and VMware in this market. Specifically, officials with VCE—a company spun out of a partnership between Cisco, VMware and storage giant EMC—this week announced new Vblock converged infrastructure that includes Cisco's Nexus 9000 Series switches, the foundation for the networking vendor's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) initiative. ACI was introduced in November 2013 as Cisco's answer to the growing software-defined networking (SDN) trend. In addition, Vblock officials are promising more ACI-related news next week at the Cisco Live 2014 conference in San Francisco, which starts May 18. In addition, Cisco, as part of a larger announcement regarding ACI May 16, talked about not only the integration of Nexus 9000 with the Vblock systems, but also in the FlexPod solutions it has developed along with partner NetApp. Like the Vblock offerings, the FlexPod solutions are integrated data center products with tightly integrated compute, storage, networking, virtualization and management software components that are aimed at enterprise and cloud environments.
Cisco CEO John Chambers and other company executives, in a conference call with analysts and journalists May 14 to talk about quarterly financial numbers, touted the ACI integrations with the Vblock and FlexPod solutions, and pointed to them as proof points of Cisco's gathering strength in the network virtualization space.