Cloud service providers needs standards for transporting services across different networks. But they can’t wait years for these standards to emerge. Enter the CloudEthernet Forum and its DevOps-like approach.
The date is here: July 31. Cisco’s ACI is ready to start shipping, in a pricing model based on perpetual licenses and with prefab bundles intended to nudge existing Cisco networks toward the new policy-based SDN model.
So, VMware’s NSX is a $100M business? Who’s buying? Here’s one example, a government cloud-services provider that competes with Amazon for federal accounts.
CEO Pat Gelsinger delivers more chipper news about NSX during VMware’s earnings. The signs of growth are nice, but no matter what Gelsinger thinks, Cisco and VMware aren’t exactly SDN buddies any more.
Remember Neoteris? Or Funk Software? Those Juniper acquisitions got folded into Junos Pulse — which just got sold for less than those deals cost, as Juniper enters the final stages of Shaygan Kheradpir’s reorg.
Bare-metal SDN isn’t just for the 1%. Big Switch is launching its new flagship product, the Big Cloud Fabric, and is re-articulating its bare-metal SDN strategy. The theme now is that Google/Amazon-style SDN is now fit for the rest of us.
Just in time for EMC and VMware earnings, hedge fund Elliott Management — the same folks pressing for changes at Juniper and Riverbed — is reportedly readying demands for the companies to split up.
If your product is going in a software direction, you’d better make friends with developers. Founded a year ago, Cisco’s DevNet is fostering a developer community around IoT, SDN, and DevOps, while trying not to leave CCIEs behind.
Members of Cisco’s DevNet community will get APIC EM for free, which opens up the software to pretty much everybody. It’s a way for Cisco to spread ACI knowledge in hopes of grabbing SDN market share.
FireHost sees promise in Cisco’s ACI and VMware’s NSX. But the cloud hosting provider, known for its levels of security, has reservations about both. In this Q&A, FireHost’s network architects explain what they want and what they’ve found lacking.