Cisco and VMware eat their anticloud words

Competing with Amazon Web Services is rough. Just ask VMware and Cisco, both of which have been made to eat cloudy humble pie in recent days.

Both companies sneered at AWS for being a low- or no-margin commodity player a few short years ago, one that would never touch their “higher value” products. Now? We’ll let them speak for themselves.

Networking the cloud

Cisco sells billions of dollars worth of networking gear and has been the dominant networking vendor for what feels like centuries. It’s a great company with a storied past. It’s also seriously at risk thanks to AWS, Microsoft Azure, and other public cloud vendors that encourage enterprises to rent essential infrastructure.

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