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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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What is your response to Mullaney's claims that ACI is a "hardware-defined" solution?

The hardware-defined or software-defined [argument] is sort of beside the point. Customers at the end of the day, they have a problem they are trying to solve. And the problem that is resonating with our customers is how do we help them deploy their applications more effectively, more efficiently, turn them up, spin them down, in the best operational manner that they can. I think we are seeing that our customers like the comprehensive solution.

The specific[s of] hardware-defined or software-defined -- I mean, I don't know that that is something customers necessarily spend a lot of time worrying about.

--Ishmael Limkakeng, Cisco

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