Cisco’s contrarian view of how to manage the virtual data center

Cisco would like to control the virtual infrastructure via products that automatically provision, manage and optimize virtual environments. Through its VFrame data center appliance, for example, it proposes a way of pulling together not only the network capacity needed to meet application demand but also the server and storage resources. At least one industry observer, Zeus Kerravala, a senior vice president at Yankee Group, finds intrigue in the company’s strategy – especially since it goes against what other IT vendors – meaning, those with a computing bent -- say. “The network does touch everything, so it makes sense that eventually the network could be the orchestrator for virtual environments,” he says. Read the full story Plus, Virtual goo, how to manage and optimize the virtual infrastructure

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