Weekly Virtualization Link Round Up: 9/13/2013
This week saw a major storage play from a networking vendor, a storage play from a hypervisor vendor, and a war of words between two industry behemoths. Here are five stories I followed this week.
Movers & Shakers
Twitter going public. Many, many of us use Twitter on a regular basis and depend on it to help us keep up with the news of the world and with friends and colleagues. This week, in less than 143 characters, the company announced that “We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.”
Cisco buys Whiptail. On Monday, Cisco made the storage market stand up and take notice when it bought flash storage vendor Whiptail for $415 million in cash and incentives. Wikibon’s Stu Miniman says this about the deal: “While this is not a declaration of war against its storage partners, Cisco’s acquisition will add to competitive tension as the boundaries between layers of the stack are blurred and account teams fight for the same IT dollars.” Read more of Stu’s analysis at SiliconAngle.com.
VSAN isn’t all that (yet). VMware made big news when it released its public beta of VSAN, a tool which harnesses all local solid state storage and hard disks on vSphere servers to create an accelerated and aggregated storage pool. Since then, many people have provided their thoughts on what this technology means for the enterprise, if anything.
VMware and Cisco duke it out over SDN. When VMware bought Nicira a couple of years ago, it sent ripples through the IT industry, but nowhere was it felt more strongly than at Cisco, where the deal was seen as a shot across the bow from a company that was a close partner. Recently, the war of words escalated as VMware announced NSX, a product formed from the Nicira acquisition. As might be expected, Cisco responded to the announcement by throwing FUD at the issue.
Veeam on a Roll
Veeam adds 3,000 customers per month. At VMworld, Veeam Software Vice President of Product Strategy Doug Hazelman said that the company is adding a whopping 3,000 customers per month to its rolls. That’s not a bad number!