VMworld: 10 Networking And UC Moves To Watch


Cisco Nexus 1000V

VMware's recent $1.2 billion acquisition of SDN startup Nicira is one of many reasons to think the long-held strategic alliance between Cisco and EMC, which majority-owns VMware, is on the rocks. But, Cisco and VMware (and EMC for that matter) were getting plenty cozy at VMworld, and earlier this week they confirmed a new investment in their partnership in order to more deeply tie VMware tools to Cisco's data center networking and fabric computing platforms.

Among the announcements: Cisco and VMware are making "significant" joint engineering investments to drive integration. VMware will integrate Cisco's Nexus 1000V switchers with its new vCloud Suite 5.1, and Cisco will resell vCloud Suite 5.1, and the companies will expand their go-to-market strategies around Cisco UCS, Cisco VXI and VMware View, among other technologies.