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Some of our readers and other bloggers got parts of what we are announcing today right. I, of course, have to wait until the prescribed time- i.e. 1:30 Pacific Time today, before I can write too much about it other than gratuitous teasers and such, but Rich Miller over at Data Center Knowledge wrote a good piece on what we are bringing to market- including enhancements to our Nexus line of data center switching (Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and a rumored Nexus 1000V)The one thing I am most excited about, and may be a bit early (but I just can’t contain myself and we’ll see if my PR team jumps on me for it) is how we are expanding NX-OS across our data center portfolio. NX-OS was rooted in SAN-OS. We started from a base of SAN-OS and then built new Layer-3 code from a Procket base on top of it, making sure everything was modular, multi-threaded, endian-independent, and protected by a stateful memory protection architecture that allows processes to restart and re-sync their last known memory table state without topology reconstruction. With the 4.1 release MDS SANs and Nexus LANs come together under common operational guidelines, common software architecture, same release trains, etc. The same AAA features you depend on for LAN security and integrity of management domains take effect on the SAN side and so on. This was a four-year journey to get right. Glad to see some companies will just be starting once they finalize their acquisition work. It’s a long road to do it right, I do hope they take the chance and don’t cut too many corners… time will tell.dg

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