Cisco Systems has found a way around all that bothersome metal and plastic used to make its networking gear. The company has concocted a virtual switch that it’s selling in tandem with VMware, the leader in virtualization software and a close Cisco partner.
The Cisco Nexus 1000V is a curious device because it’s not a device at all. Instead, the virtual switch, due to ship in the first half of next year, uses software to handle many of the networking and security functions found in Cisco’s standard hardware.
Look, Ma, No Hardware: Cisco’s Virtual Switch - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
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