VMware Nicira vs. Cisco Insieme: Virtualized Network War?

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http://www.thevarguy.com – VMware’s buyout of Nicira could position the virtualization giant against Cisco Systems and Insieme, The VAR Guy believes. The big question: How will competition heat up in an emerging market (virtualized networking/software-defined networks) even as Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and VMware (NYSE: VMW) strive to cooperate on their VCE (virtual compute environment) partnership. Here’s the background: VMware has acquired Nicira for about $1.2 billion. The deal is expected to close later this year. VMware hopes to corner the market for virtualized networking in the cloud. Meanwhile, Cisco Sys (IT news)