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Cisco Punts Massive Nexus 7000 Switch

Reversely, Cisco doesn't intend to ever support Fibre Channel directly. Although servers can see a virtual Fibre Channel SAN, it uses Ethernet cable for physical connections. Brocade says it may move to Ethernet later, but will stick to the less lossy Fibre Channel protocol for the time being. Cisco meanwhile is betting on the adoption of lossless E and Fibre Channel over Ethernet standards. But Cisco does seem to be aiming its box at the future. According to Gourlay, the company isn't expecting a replacement of hardware for the Nexus, but gradual adoption as new data centers are constructed or expanded. Actual company deployment will probably take around three to four years from now with testing and certification. And Cisco isn't abandoning the Catalyst 6500 yet.
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Cisco: Battle with VMware is the Bigger Picture, Says UBS

We expect opex rationalization, share repurchases, and ongoing supply chain optimization to still drive Q/Q EPS growth on modest revenue growth expectations. On the other hand, results from other corporates thus far suggest a better enterprise spending environment in the US and Europe, including US federal, which should be supportive of the positive momentum in Ciscos enterprise sector over the past few quarters. For the outlook, he is modeling $11.18 billion and 49 cents. From a broader standpoint, Cisco has little to fear from traditional competitors, he thinks, with the greater challenge being the virtualization of everything: Much of the recent focus has been on the potential impact to Ciscos business from competitors, especially in routing, as well as architectural shifts like software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) [...] We remain relatively less concerned about competition from Ciscos historical competitors. We have respect for all of them and we expect market shares to ebb and flow, especially against Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU ), Juniper [Networks ( JNPR )], and Huawei. Ciscos market share position in service provider routing, next-generation packet-optical, and enterprise routing (3 sub-segments with relatively more focus lately) has remained relatively resilient over the past couple of years [] A bigger challenge for not only Cisco, but the industry, is navigating the larger IT transitions occurring around DC architectures (SDN, NFV), cloud, changing consumption models, and the risk of hardware commoditization [...] We dont doubt these trends will occur over time. The key source of contention is around a) timing, b) specifics of what software-defined means and if indeed all value can be transferred from hardware to software, or whether hardware will still matter, c) organizational inertia, and d) the overwhelming focus on capex optimization when opex is a bigger pain point (75% of IT budgets) for CIOs []How much of the balance of power shifts towards public cloud providers, and will the public-private cloud distinction matter in the long-term, or will the economics for all clouds look comparable? Things are shaping up as a battle between Ciscos and VMware ( VMW ), Passi writes, and the outcome of that battle is anything Mitel UK but certain: The battle for architectural supremacy in the data centre between Cisco and VMware, with fundamentally different views of where the organizational, architectural, and management point of control will reside. In VMwares worldview, the underlying physical hardware is of less relevance (yet ironically every Cisco switch competitor is aligning with VMware), control resides in the hypervisor, and with the Server/systems teams. Cisco espouses the benefits of a tightly coupled and finely tuned hardware and software solution, enhanced by the Cisco APIC (controller), the strategic control point in the network from which policies will be managed and enforced across physical and virtual infrastructure.
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Cisco Unified Computing pushes to support every fabric

Cisco will add FEX-Link support to its Nexus 7000 Series switches later this year. In addition, FEX-link architecture will enable the Cisco Unified Computing System to offer up to 160Gb of bandwidth per blade in the coming year. Requires Free Membership to View TechTarget and its partners. Privacy Policy Terms of Use . Cisco virtual switch gets physical The Cisco Nexus 1010 Virtual Services Appliance adds a physical management aspect to the Cisco 1000V virtual switch Cisco also announced the second generation of its Nexus 2000 port extender series, top-of-rack networking devices that extend the management control plane of an end-of-row Nexus 5000 switch to each server rack in the data center row. The Nexus 2000 sits at the top of a server rack and provides connectivity for the servers, but it doesn't do any independent switching. Instead, it links back to an end-of-row switch, such as the Nexus 5000. The Nexus 2248 and 2232 now support 100 Megabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
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