Archive for February 2015

The sale of SteelApp will help both companies focus on what they’re good at.

Last week, Brocade announced its intent to purchase the SteelApp product line from Riverbed for an undisclosed amount of cash. SteelApp is a virtual application delivery controller and competes most often with the likes of F5 and Citrix. Formerly known as Stingray, SteelApp came to Riverbed in the acquisition of UK-based Zeus, who pioneered the virtual ADC market. On paper, the acquisition made sense for Riverbed, as Zeus had solutions that optimized the performance of applications with a data center solution and Riverbed was a vendor that optimizes application performance over the wide area network.

However, although the business unit had some early success when it was dropped into the Riverbed channel, it never really became a meaningful part of Riverbed’s revenue stream. Now, after almost four years, SteelApp will become part of Brocade’s business.

Breaking down the impact of the VCE Foundation for Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.

In October 2014, VCE – the joint venture of VMware, Cisco, and EMC – announced that EMC had acquired controlling interest in the company. The idea behind the move was to allow VCE to move faster and be more nimble without the overhead of having three parent companies.

So it seems that VCE is sticking to its word, as this week the company announced a new converged infrastructure solution with VMware and EMC technologies. The VCE Foundation for Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is designed to simplify and therefore accelerate its customer’s journey to hybrid clouds.

Despite the long name, the VCE Foundation has stepped up the VCE value proposition with converged infrastructure by extending the standardized, repeatable best practices of the current VCE product, vBlock, to the new VCE Foundation. Now VCE customers can have factory integration of other EMC and VMware products, including VMware NSX (network virtualization), VMware vRealize (management and orchestration), and EMC ViPR (software defined storage).

Cisco Live Europe gave a glimpse into some of the company’s lesser-known technology partners.

Last week, Cisco held its European edition of its user conference, Cisco Live, in Milan, Italy. The Live conference is a great place for Cisco customers to learn about the latest and greatest Cisco technology. However, the show also provides a venue for Cisco’s technology partners to strut their own stuff on the “World of Solutions” show floor. This year’s conference was the first European event to have a dedicated DevNet Zone for developer partners to showcase their solutions as well.

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