Data Center SDN: Comparing VMware NSX, Cisco ACI, and Open SDN Options


The data center network layer is the engine that manages some of the most important business data points you have. Applications, users, specific services, and even entire business segments are all tied to network capabilities and delivery architectures. And with all the growth around cloud, virtualization, and the digital workspace, the network layer has become even more imporant.

Most of all, we’re seeing more intelligence and integration taking place at the network layer. The biggest evolution in networking includes integration with other services, the integration of cloud, and network virtualization. Let’s pause there and take a brief look at that last concept….

There are several vendors offering a variety of flavors of SDN and network virtualization, so how are they different? Are some more open than others? Here’s a look at some of the key players in this space.

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