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VMware Challenges Cisco With AWS & Microsoft Pacts

VMware is extending its NSX networking across private clouds, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and partnering with Cisco rival Arista for switch interoperability.

Mitch Wagner

August 27, 2018

3 Min Read
VMware Challenges Cisco With AWS & Microsoft Pacts

LAS VEGAS -- VMworld -- VMware is making things hotter for Cisco, extending NSX networks across private clouds, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, as well as partnering with Cisco rival Arista for switch interoperability.

Building on the Virtual Cloud Network architecture VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) debuted in May, the vendor launched NSX-T Data Center 2.3 on Monday, extending multi-cloud networking and security capabilities to Amazon Web Services Inc. , Microsoft Azure and on-premises environments. The new version supports bare metal hosts; hypervisors, including Linux workloads running on bare metal servers; and containers running on bare metal servers without a hypervisor. (See VMware Takes On Cisco & Juniper With Network Vision.)

The NSX extensions are the latest in a series of launches VMware has made in the run-up to VMworld, strengthening its cloud portfolio while taking jabs at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).

Two weeks ago, VMware debuted a strategy it calls Microsegmentation 2.0, extending its architecture for setting virtual machine policy to applications. Microsegmentation 2.0 is similar to Cisco's intent-based networking architecture, but VMware says it's positioned to do it better. (See How VMware Plans to Put the Screws on Cisco.)

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Last week VMware extended its VMware Cloud partner program with new tools to enable telcos and managed service providers to help enterprises build and manage hybrid clouds, integrating with AWS. VMware and AWS have a two-year partnership, although previously they were blood enemies. (See VMware Wants You – Yes, You! – as a Cloud Provider and Enemies No More: Amazon & VMware Partner on Cloud.)

And yesterday, VMware cut the startup costs of launching vSphere workloads on AWS by 50%. (See VMware Slashes Costs for vSphere on AWS.)

As for Arista and VMware, the two companies will provide interoperability between Arista's CloudVision network management toolset and VMware NSX. NSX users will be able to enforce security policies natively on Arista switches across the multi-cloud enterprise, extending security policies across virtual and physical workloads.

Arista is turning up the heat against Cisco in the data center -- a long-time stronghold for Cisco -- as Arista is thriving providing high-powered data center switches, and recently launched a plan to extend to the campus. Arista acquired WiFi networking specialist Mojo Networks to bolster its campus networking plans and cut a big check to settle messy litigation with Cisco, while topping a $2 billion run rate.(See Arista Finds Its Campus Mojo, Arista Shelling Out $400M to Settle Cisco Litigation and Arista Weaves Security Blanket Over Data Center, Campus and Cloud.)

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Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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