Network Virtualization: ACI vs. NSX is about ASIC vs. Software

I’ve been thinking a bit more about the Cisco ACI vs. VMware NSX debate.  It brings about a larger question.  It’s not just ACI vs. NSX but Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC).  When I started programing back in high school I had this theory about x86 hardware.  There was never such a thing as underContinue reading “Network Virtualization: ACI vs. NSX is about ASIC vs. Software”

Cisco is late to the SDN game but it may not matter

There was a time when I could reliably look toward Cisco to lead the network industry in providing capabilities that dragged along in the slow dredge that can be standards boards.  Cisco would fill the gap where standards bodies were slow to react.  For instance, Cisco long ago expanded the capability of the IGRP routingContinue reading “Cisco is late to the SDN game but it may not matter”

Is SDN the innovation the industry never knew it needed?

Does SDN bring with it the type of innovation the original iPhone brought? Innovation takes much more than just really great technology.  It’s having the right technology that disrupts the status quo and enables uses that couldn’t be predicted.  For example, the iPhone revolutionized the way we look at the smart phone.  Prior to theContinue reading “Is SDN the innovation the industry never knew it needed?”

Cisco and VMWare SDN: Breaking through the FUD

This post is Sponsored by – My Linked Profile There has been a good deal of FUD spread since VMware has announced their NSX network hypervisor based on software from their $1 billion Nicira acquisition.  VMware is a large corporation but, $1 billion is a lot of money to any company and a big betContinue reading “Cisco and VMWare SDN: Breaking through the FUD”