VMware to join OpenStack: Now what?

VMware’s decision to join the OpenStack Foundation could be a huge or not-so-huge deal. Some see the move as a way to outflank Citrix, others say VMware’s Nicira, DynamicOps buys signaled a desire to at least appear more open in the era of cloud computing.

PLUMgrid brings on Cisco vet for network virtualization push

As it preps its go-to-market plans, the semi-stealthy startup brings another former Cisco product whiz aboard to lead engineering. Lele Nardin spent 15 years at the networking leader and was most recently SVP of engineering at Ericsson Silicon Valley.

Oracle snaps up Xsigo for SDN smarts

If there was any doubt that software-defined networking (SDN) expertise is a hot ticket, Oracle’s planned acquisition of Xsigo, coming on the heels of VMware’s blockbuster $1.26 billion buy of Nicira, should erase it once and for all.

SDN startup Contrail Systems gets $10M led by Khosla Ventures

Contrail Systems, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company cofounded by veterans of Aruba, Juniper, Cisco and Google has jumped into the increasing exciting and crowded world of software-defined data centers with $10 million in Series A funding and a brand new open standard.

Software: The new networking paradigm

VMware’s planned acquisition of Nicra for $1.25 billion represents the evolution of networking beyond the hardware-dominated point of view that has sustained the industry for decades. Here’s what that means for startups in the networking realm as well as for the industry giants.

Why VMware bought Nicira? Two videos to watch

VMware is paying a whopping $1.26 billion for Nicira Networks in an attempt to get a piece of the emerging markets – software defined networks and software defined data centers. Two video from our Structure conference archives get you upto speed on those two trends.

With Nicira buy, VMware claims cloud freedom of choice

VMware has made two big acquisitions this month, both focusing in part on the ability to work with competitive hypervisor and cloud computing software. The company seems to get that the future is in making it easy for customers to choose.

VMware to buy Nicira for $1.26B in a strategic leap of faith

VMware will spend $1.26 billion to buy software defined networking startup Nicira in a deal that shows how much VMware is counting on its vision of the software defined data center. This is a strategic acquisition of a young technology and startup for the hypervisor giant.