VMware Doesn’t Make Many Mistakes, but It Is with Respect to Physical Networking

Mike Fratto
Mike Fratto

Summary Bullets:

  • VMware dismisses physical networking as a mere forwarding plane, ignoring the benefits of integration.
  • If that observation is inaccurate, then VMware needs to address its messaging on the importance of physical networking.

Fresh off VMworld 2014, I came away with the very distinct impression that the company – not any specific individuals – is quite dismissive of physical networking, to the point where it is detrimental to its own success. While I continue to be impressed at how well the company develops new products, maintains a practical engineering focus, and seems to handle partner co-opetition with aplomb, it is also making a rather big mistake with ignoring the importance of integration with the physical network. Continue reading “VMware Doesn’t Make Many Mistakes, but It Is with Respect to Physical Networking”

VMware’s NSX Is an Opportunity to Innovate, Not a Declaration of War

Mike Fratto
Mike Fratto

Summary Bullets:

  • VMware’s NSX is not a declaration of war on any networking vendor.  It is much more cooperative than competitive.
  • Network vendors need to add value on top of NSX to remain relevant.  Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to add value.

VMware’s NSX is a network virtualization platform that provides a number of benefits for interconnecting virtual machines to other virtual or physical resources.  The virtual network is independent from the underlying network; the virtual network is programmable and responds quickly to VM changes; and new physical or virtual services can be inserted or removed easily for scaling in/out or adding new services.  NSX is a technology that enables new capabilities and it is not a declaration of war as some commenters have excitedly said.  Network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) still have plenty of room to innovate and provide value outside of virtual networking. Continue reading “VMware’s NSX Is an Opportunity to Innovate, Not a Declaration of War”