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Cisco Planning Virtualization Appliance – Reports

Cisco is getting ready to ship a hyperconverged server appliance, combining compute, storage, network and virtualization on x86 hardware, in partnership with software startup Springpath, according to reports. The plan includes an investment in Springpath, and possible acquisition.

Springpath's software combines standard servers into a single pool of compute and storage resources, eliminating the need for network storage.

The appliances would be based on Cisco's UCS data center server line, according to reports on CRN and The Register.

Springpath was founded in 2012 by former VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) engineers, under the name Storvisor, and emerged from stealth mode under its new name in February with $34 million in funding.

Cisco has been rewriting the code for Invicta flash storage product line, which it shut down in July, and may include the code in the new appliance, CRN says. Invicta was based on Whiptail, which Cisco acquired for $415 million in 2013. (See Cisco to Acquire Whiptail for $415M.)

The appliance would put Cisco in competition with hyper-convergence startups such as Nutanix Inc. -- which filed for a $200 million IPO last week -- and SimpliVity. It also puts Cisco in competition with VMware, which shipped a virtualization appliance, EVO:RAIL, in 2014. (See VMware Laughs at Container & OpenStack Threats and VMware Launches EVO: RAIL Virtualization Appliance.)

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BigBro 1/6/2016 | 6:43:29 PM
Cisco reinvents the mainframe LOL! I sure wouldn't want to buy a totally closed system whose storage component is a total rewrite (can you say "version 0.3"?) of a shitcanned, failed acquisition.
Mitch Wagner 1/6/2016 | 11:55:38 AM
Re: Cool, NFV in the box.... I have to confess: I had to Google "hyper-convergence" just to find out what the heck it is. 

It sounded at first to me like just a regular old 1990s-style server: Storage, compute, and networking in one box from a single vendor. 

But it's more than that. It's about sharing all those resources in a pool across the data center. 

It's something like the "pod" vision espoused by Big Switch and others. One big rack of components that acts like a single computer. 
ASX4000 1/6/2016 | 10:56:12 AM
Cool, NFV in the box.... "...Cisco is getting ready to ship a hyperconverged server appliance, combining compute, storage, network and virtualization on x86 hardware..."

First we have seen aproaches like "SDN in a box" (APIC, ONE,...). Limited success because SDN and NFV are all about openess, decoupling etc. Now we are seeing those "wash me, but don't make me wet" approaches. Yeah, I want to have NFV, but please also deliver the the complete package to me. Formerly called Appliance!

I expect also limited success, but for sure it will also find its friends.
 Hey, Manager; I've found a way to leverage SDN and NFV without giving up the luxury to blame a single supplier if somethig doesn't work.
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