2. The VCE Coalition Gets Complicated
The Cisco-VMware-EMC alliance has, for a while now, been an interesting one to watch. Although the three tech giants have tightly woven themselves together to create their joint coalition VCE, all three vendors continue to make moves that create potential friction with the others. And in 2013, that friction only continued to grow. For Cisco and VMware, the beef largely revolved around SDN. When VMware in August introduced its flagship network virtualization platform NSX, Cisco was noticeably absent from its list of vendor partners, sparking speculation that the two were on the outs. Then, prior to Cisco making its own SDN debut in November, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior in a blog post made a not-so-subtle jab at NSX and the software-overlay approach VMware, along with other Cisco rivals, are taking toward SDN. Meanwhile, Cisco's acquisition of storage vendor Whiptail raised a few eyebrows in regards to Cisco's long-running alliance with EMC. While the companies maintain the nature of their partnerships is simply that of a co-opetition, the moves made by all three this year definitely left some partners and industry watchers scratching their heads.