Cisco gets the devops religion as software eats networking


Cisco(s CSCO) has built a developer program to try to get coders to build for Cisco networking gear, because it realizes that as software-defined networking and bare-metal switches advance, network engineers have to want to build for Cisco gear instead of pay to be certified on the high-margin boxes.

The new program, called DevNet, which Cisco quietly showed off during its Cisco Live event in May, is part of the networking giant’s response to the threat facing its core business on several fronts. First, large webscale buyers are forgoing the Cisco gear and opting to build their own or go with products from Arista that are designed for scaled out networks that they run.

Second, the advance of software-defined networking and separation of the physical routing of traffic from the box that figures out how to route the traffic means that Cisco now competes with software-based controllers and dumb…

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