Deutsche's Brian Modoff is encouraged by the expansion of Cisco's (CSCO) partnership with VMware...

|About: Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)|By:, SA News Editor

Deutsche's Brian Modoff is encouraged by the expansion of Cisco's (CSCO) partnership with VMware (VMW): he thinks the tie-up demonstrates VMware's networking virtualization solutions (courtesy of Nicira) won't fully eliminate the value-add delivered by Cisco's switches and routers, as many have feared. He also sees VMware's new cloud management solutions and related partnership with F5 (FFIV) creating a barrier to entry for F5's application delivery controllers.