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VMware Buys Its Network Virt

VMware is on the move. It just replaced CEO Paul Maritz with EMC insider Pat Gelsinger.

At the same time it announced record revenues, over $1.1 billion in the latest quarter.

Now the company is spending some of its rising cash on Nicira, which does something called software defined networking (SDN).

This is apparently worth $1.2 billion!

SDN, in my mind, is really virtual networking, though not the VLANs network admins used to know and love.

SDN replaces hard-wired networking with software. Right now all this goodness is reserved for high-end service providers. Eventually our own networks will be as virtualized as our servers are increasingly becoming. And this could be all the way down to the I/O level.

There is a good chance that VMware will adapt this technology to the enterprise and, in fact, do for the network what VMware has done for servers.

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/25/2012 at 1:19 PM


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