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September 2016 Vol 7 / No. 7

Users find harmony in Cisco, VMware SDN software

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,...

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