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VMware NSX Vs. Cisco ACI: The Software-Defined Networking Face-Off

VMware and Cisco are locked in a ferocious battle for the software-defined networking market. In separate interviews with an executive from each company, CRN digs into the sharply divergent paths the companies are taking in their quest for SDN supremacy.

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Is Cisco taking a hardware-defined approach vs. a software approach from VMware?

We say, 'Fix it in a software-defined way.' Cisco says, 'Fix it with ASICs and a hardware-defined way.' What is great about that is what if Cisco came out with almost exactly the same way that we said? We would be screwed because -- you know what? --customers would listen to their pitch and then listen to our pitch and then the customer would go, 'I can't tell the difference. It sounds the same.'

--Steve Mullaney, VMware

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