Cisco & VMware – The Revolution will be…Virtualized?
During my tour of duty at Crossbeam, I’ve closely tracked the convergence of the virtualization strategies of companies such as VMWare with Cisco’s published long term product direction.
One of the selfish reasons for doing so is that from a product-perspective, Crossbeam’s platform provides a competitively open, virtualized routing and switching platform combined with a blade-based processing compute stack powered by a hardened, Linux based operating system that allows customers to run the security applications of their choice.
This provides an on-demand security architecture allowing customers to simply add a blade in order to add an application service component when needed.
Basically this allows one to virtualize networking/transport, applications/security contexts and security policies across any area of the network into which this service layer is plumbed and control the flows in order to manipulate in serial or parallel the path traffic takes through these various security software components.