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.