Category: Virtualization

VCE vBlock chooses Cisco ACI for SDN

This is not a news flash, in fact this has been public for almost a year now but I felt it warranted a blog entry due to the impact on your next data center converged infrastructure purchase.

What is the update? VCE (Nearly 50% Cisco owned) has snubbed VMware’s Virtual Networking solution NSX in favor of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) aka Cisco SDN.

Why does this matter? If you are on the path to building a fully virtualized cloud and software defined data center (SDDC) your choice for network virtualization will have a big impact on your design, strategy and cost. We are not saying that you can’t run NSX on the vBlock, we are saying that VCE does not support it and hence no one will take that route sans support.

What’s the end game? The Cisco and VMware battle lines are becoming more entrenched and at many layers. The vBlock has become a favorite converged infrastructure solution for VMware + Cisco shops, a Lot of Shops! This heavily influenced VMware to create their own converged solution, EVO Rail, which surely will ship with NSX in the future. Very soon IT leaders will need to make a strategic choice between Cisco and VMware that will have a profound impact on network design, physical infrastructure, cloud strategy, and automation/orchestration configuration.

http://www.networkcomputing.com/data-centers/vce-chooses-cisco-sdn-over-vmware-nsx/a/d-id/1234454?

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VMware enters the hot hyper-converged market

A new market has slowly taken shape on the heels of the success of converged infrastructure. When IT teams are looking at the vBlock or FlexPod they now must consider if an even smaller infrastructure footprint would be more appropriate for the specific use case. This is where Nutanix, Simplevity, & HC3 have previously ruled the roost. Now that VMware has entered the market armed with vSAN there is a serious 800 lb gorilla in the room.

Check out this good write up on the offering:

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2014/08/25/introducing-vmware-evo-rail-new-hyper-converged-offering/

 

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