Access your Pro+ Content below.
Users find harmony in Cisco, VMware SDN software
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of September 2016 Vol 7 / No. 7
Baystate Health has weighed the strengths and weaknesses of Cisco's and VMware's software-defined networking products. The evaluation has given the Springfield, Mass., healthcare provider an understanding of how to use each vendor's technology. "They're both excellent products, but they're not exactly the same," said Michael Feld, interim CTO for Baystate. "They're not interchangeable." Baystate and Sugar Creek Packing Co., based in Washington Court House, Ohio, spoke to TechTarget recently about their plans for using Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and VMware's NSX. Both companies have separated the vendors' SDN software in similar ways while working on data center overhauls. Their experiences provide a guide for other companies trying to cut through the hype surrounding ACI and NSX. While the vendors list many uses for their SDN software, Baystate and Sugar Creek have found the options much narrower. Both companies plan to use NSX for security and for handling traffic to VMware's virtual storage software. ACI,...
Access this PRO+ Content for Free!
By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.
Features in this issue
With hundreds of models and countless features to choose from, picking the right IP phone can be a challenge. Here's what IT managers need to know before they make the call.
Subsea cabling is out of sight, but it shouldn't be out of mind. Many organizations don't realize just how dependent they are on underwater fiber to stay online and in business.
After years at a provider -- where she helped install cell towers during the 3G-to-4G transition -- an Army-trained network engineer tackles a new challenge in the enterprise: SDN.
Baystate Health and Sugar Creek Packing give Cisco and VMware SDN software separate chores in data center networks.
SearchNetworking's latest Network Innovation Award winner uses cloud-optimized routing to speed up internet performance, working like Waze or Google Maps for networks.
Columns in this issue
In the age of Snapchat and Slack, IP phones don't get much buzz … but that doesn't mean they've retired. In fact, many businesses rely on them now more than ever.
Understanding your network is critical, and end-to-end visibility is the key to accessing the full potential of hybrid IT.