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Cisco and VMware in Strategic Transition from Rivalry to Alliance

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Two rivals negotiating for some kind of strategic partnership?

A year later, the strategy of this alliance is not outwardly clear but both of these companies saw an early and mutual understanding that they stand to gain by working together strategically.

It looks like the way that effective synchronization with VMware and Cisco is through VMware Network Insight, which pulls NetFlow information from the Cisco devices into a dashboard. Among other features, firewall rules from the Cisco infrastructure can be detected and put up along on display along with traffic flows to and from virtual and physical switches. Below is a video, shared a year and a half after this strategic announcement, which shows how Network Insight can greatly reduce administrative errors and burden, especially at large scale.


VMware Cloud. (November 10, 2017). "Network Insight Plan and Manage Application Security".
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4 minute video showing a feature tour of how Network Insight can be used.


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