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After using both NSX and ACI, engineer says VMware wins his vote
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of April 2017, Vol. 8, No. 3
Almost since the inception of the software-defined networking market, many observers have speculated whether VMware NSX or Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure would emerge as the industry leader. Some enterprises, such as Sugar Creek Packing Co., based in Washington Court House, Ohio, have opted to deploy NSX and ACI in concert, thus maintaining flexibility and reaping benefits of both products. We recently caught up with Sugar Creek senior network engineer Wes Dawes to talk all things networking -- from the development of his own career to the evolution of the industry. He also shared which SDN option he'd recommend to other enterprise network managers -- NSX or ACI -- after deploying both. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity. How did you get into networking? Wes Dawes: Originally, I was more of a systems administrator, working with servers and storage. I worked in the financial industry and I was looking to move, as the bank I worked for was looking to be sold. This job just happened to become ...
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