For VMware and Nicira, software trumps hardware
By David Krozier, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure Practice
On July 23 VMware, the server virtualisation powerhouse, agreed to acquire software-defined networking pioneer Nicira for $1.26bn; both parties expect the transaction to close in 2012.
VMware, a subsidiary of EMC, expects the acquisition to advance its progress towards programmatic control of virtualised compute, storage, and network resources – what it calls software-defined data centres.
Although Nicira’s current annual...