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Cisco's SDN strategy thus far appears to center on two major priorities. One is a start-up company called Insiemi in which Cisco has invested $100 million and holds rights to potentially acquire for $750 million more on top of that, hence its description as a potential "spin-in" M&A play for Cisco.
The other is what Cisco calls the Open Network Environment (ONE), which was officially announced at Cisco Live earlier this month. ONE provides a suite of APIs for developers in several different Cisco operating systems, and Cisco also said it will be offering proof-of-concept controller software and a proof-of-concept OpenFlow agent as ways to further SDN research in academia. Cisco's Nexus 1000V virtual switch also now includes support for OpenStack and for Cisco's VXLAN gateway functionality.
In his post, however, HP's Nielsen takes Cisco's announcements to task and compares them to HP's recent launches. HP understands not only SDN innovations but also the importance of partnering with other vendors like Microsoft and F5 for an ecosystem approach to the future of networking, Nielsen wrote.