Cisco And Apple Etch A Deal To Ensure Higher iDevice Inception Into Business Mainstream

Cisco and Apple have finally etched a historic partnership in a bid to bring more iPads and iPhones into the business mainstream. Apple is already a well known market leader in the world of gadgets while Cisco is a computer network giant with global popularity. In a joint statement from both titans, we read that Cisco will work towards providing a “fast lane” for apps or devices that run on iOS from Apple.

Cisco and Apple Etch Deal To Ensure Higher iDevice Inception Into Business MainstreamWhat The Deal Could Do?

Apple believes that along with Cisco it could boost businesses using tools equipped with its operating system. This could be a perfect time for such a step since long-dominant Microsoft has been facing threats to its position given that consumers have made their preference for Android and iOS very clear. Cisco has officially said that its networks will see changes for allowing more efficient working. This could contribute to better performance levels.

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What Cisco Says?

John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco said, “Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive.”Read the rest

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Cisco Could be ‘Unnamed Industry Titan’ in WhipTail $31 million Round

Sources within the industry have been letting out a little secret. According to media reports based on these sources, Cisco is possibly the “Unnamed Silicon Valley industry titan” to be involved in the $31 million round for WhipTail. WhipTail is a flash storage company and it’s undergoing a Series C round of funding. With this funding, it will be receiving investment from Ignition Partners, RRE Ventures and Spring Mountain Capital. The debt financing comes from Silicon Valley Bank.

The flash storage company has earlier received funding from SanDisk via SanDisk Ventures. While company sources have not given any statement, sources have told TechCrunch that the company behind the WhipTail $31 mn round “has one of the largest market capitalizations in the Silicon Valley”.

This is going to be an important deal for Cisco as well as SanDisk. SanDisk has already put in $75 million in a new fund for innovation in the storage space. The WhipTail deal is their first allocation of the fund.… Read the rest

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As VMWare Shops for Nicira, Is Something at Stake with Cisco?



Nicira, an innovative startup which began in 2007, has finally made it big. It has been acquired by VM Ware in a whopping 1.26 Billion dollar deal. Nicira is known for creating a network virtualization platform, a software suite that creates virtual networks which are independent from other physical networks. It seems that Nicira was an underdog or rather a black horse until VMWare decided to take it under its wings in one of the most talked about acquisitions recently.

Earlier VMWare had partnered with Cisco to come up with several products such as Unified Computing System (UCS), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Overlay Transport Visualization (OTV), vCloud computing, Cisco Virtualization Services, Nexus 1000V (Nv Kv) , Virtual Computing Environment (VCE), Secure Multi-Tennant(SMT), Enterprise License Agreements(ELA), etc. In a latest blog post, VMWare’s chief technology officer Steve Herrod said that this acquisition will not affect the company’s other mergers, such as its partnership with Cisco. He also said that the belief of the company lies in networking that is software defined.

Nicira has a list of influential clients like eBay, Rackspace and Fidelity among others. Herrod wrote that it is a lengthy process to manage networks and networking services in a cloud environment. There are other issues also that make the job tedious. These issues can be addressed by Nicira’s software defined networking. He further claimed that VMWare will fully support Nicira’s openness.

In his own blog post, Nicira chief technology officer Martin Casado also spoke on similar lines. He claimed, “The cloud is about openness. Openness is in our roots, and it will stay there.” He frankly admitted that the aim of cloud computing is to increase business velocity and efficiency.

Casado spoke of Nicira’s pioneering of software defined networking and of other projects like Open v Switch and OpenFlow. He announced that the company was ‘thrilled’ to be joining VMWare.

VMWare is to pay 1.06 Billion dollars in cash and 210 million dollars in equity. The deal is to close in the second half of 2012. Analysts speculate how this development will affect VMWare’s other projects–pointing to stiffer competition between Cisco and VMWare in the near future. With Nicira under its wing, VMWare will seek to enable provisioning virtual machine networking, doing this through vSphere 5, which might be located in multiple points at the data centre. Contrastingly, Cisco trusts centralized Cisco switches and routers for network intelligence.

Finally, in his closing lines Herrod said that the company was excited about the latest developments. He said that customers will benefit from this deal as this brings together two pioneering teams in network virtualization and this will speed up the realization of software defined datacenter and the advantages will go to the customers as well as service providers.

We’ll keep you posted on how this acquisition plays out in terms of profits and technological advancements.… Read the rest

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