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VMware’s Tom Gillis On NSX vs. Cisco ACI, And AWS Outposts Future

‘Cisco products are really good at hardware switching, at fabric management, but where VMware is really good is at software-defined networking,’ says Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager for VMware’s Networking and Security business.

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So why is VMware’s SDN strategy better than Cisco?

Because our value proposition is, we don’t care what infrastructure you’re using. You don’t need to upgrade a switch, you can use an old [Cisco] Catalyst 6K which has a lot of life in those products or a [Cisco] Nexus switch or an Arista Networks switch or a Juniper Networks switch – or maybe no switch at all. Maybe you’re running workloads off of Amazon. So we can guarantee that a production environment will have internet access but never touch the development environment, and the development environment will never touch the internet.

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