Why VMware is spending $1B-plus to buy Nicira

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  Networking, Nicira, SDN

Some analysts say theyre curious to see how VMware plays in the open source world. SDN makes sense on so many levels, but what is interesting about this deal is the fact that it comes from VMware, a company that is rapidly reinventing itself from the evil empire of silos and lock-in, and moving to a world that embraces choice DynamicOps was the start of this, Nicira continues it, says Ben Kepes an industry analyst and blogger at Diversity, Ltd. In paying over $1B for the company, VMware is betting a lot on a more open, more heterogeneous and more virtualized future. All indications are that theyre making a smart bet which will pay off royally.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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