Cisco Live 2012 Nothing is what it appears to be in the data center any more. Servers have integrated storage and switching, routers and switches are getting servers. And virtual switches and now virtual routers are running inside of servers and blade enclosures.
Nothing seems to know its proper place any more. Maybe it is convergence. Maybe it is confusion. Maybe it is both, and the desire by hardware and software makers to try to make their machines do a little bit of everything to try to take some market share away from each other.
The convergence continues apace at Cisco on Tuesday, with the company hosting its annual Cisco Live event, this time in San Diego. It is announcing a bunch of new gear that are part of the company's Cloud Connected Solutions strategy of making the connections between mobile users and services running in the data center and out on the cloud more intelligent and efficient.