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VMware's Nicira Acquisition

Software-defined networking (SDN) startups are starting to become hot properties, and none hotter than Nicira, on which VMware pounced for the princely sum of $1.2 billion in July. While the exact nature of how Nicira's virtualized networking platform competes with Cisco's networking portfolio is a raging technical debate among networking industry pundits, there's no question VMware -- which is majority-owned by EMC -- has planted a flag in a market every major networking vendor is going to have to address. And according to some reports, Cisco itself was in the mix to buy Nicira before being outbid.