If customers want ACI and NSX to work together, then the companies should work to support that, Kerravala says. “They both need to understand that if they did work together more customers would adopt it and they would both benefit,” Kerravala says.
Neither Cisco nor VMware would comment on future collaborations, but a VMware spokesperson provided the following statement: “Since introducing NSX, we have welcomed the opportunity to partner with all of the major networking hardware vendors including Cisco. VMware has maintained for some time now that NSX and ACI are not competitive, and partners and customers are proving this out in the market today.”
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