Cisco Partner Survey: Data Center Hot, WAN Op Not (And Other Interesting Findings)

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VMware NSX Also Taking Off Slowly

Baird said that in its conversations with Cisco partners taking the survey -- many of which also partner with VMware -- it seems that VMware's NSX platform for SDN, much like Cisco's Nexus 9000, has "yet to gain strong momentum with customers."

"We are seeing clients with a significant VMware investment want to look at NSX as VMware is pushing the solution," said one anonymous VAR in the survey results. "We do find that the NSX go-to-market and channel model is pretty immature."

When adoption does take off, almost all the Cisco partners surveyed -- 90 percent of them, in fact -- said they expect NSX to be deployed on top of existing customer infrastructures or new Cisco gear. Four percent expect NSX to be deployed on HP Networking infrastructures, while no partners said they expect to see deployments on new Arista Networks or white-box switching hardware.

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