|By Maureen O'Gara||
|October 6, 2012 03:00 PM EDT||
Cisco has bought start-up vCider for its expertise in developing virtual network overlay technology for secure data center infrastructure. The price wasn't disclosed.
GigaOm rates it as a counter to VMware buying Nicira, which, it says, "has strained the once close partnership between Cisco and VMware." It figures it'll be used "to build a unified yet distributed Cisco-based cloud."
The new prize will be integrated into Cisco's Cloud Computing organization, reporting to cloud CTO Lew Tucker, the vice-chairman of the new OpenStack Foundation.
In a blog posting Cisco said it expects vCider to play an important part in its Open Network Environment (ONE) strategy, particularly in support of OpenStack, a key pillar of Cisco's open, multi-hypervisor, multi-stack cloud computing strategy.
Cisco joined OpenStack 18 months ago and has contributed to the OpenStack Quantum API track.
Cisco figures Quantum is becoming a core OpenStack service and says "it's clear that programmable networking is quickly becoming an important component in large scale, multi-tenant, cloud computing environments."
Its Quantum plug-in is designed to give application developers increased programmability of both virtual and physical networks linking the cloud to ONE.
It says vCider has created a multi-tenant distributed virtual network controller. Its code and technology will be integrated into Cisco's Quantum development efforts.
Pre-Cisco vCider widgetry helped companies bridge different cloud providers with more security and less latency than you'd get from a virtual router.