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Oracle and Cisco — 1+1 > 2

I really enjoyed reading this blog from Oracle today. It made clear what the role of the “network as platform” could do for truly key business applications like Oracle’s E-Business Suite Release 12.While platforms like load balancers have been around for a dozen+ years now (remember Alteon, Arrowpoint, and others in the hot late 90s?), the value of this technology has become clear to enterprises and service providers, as well as the early adopter .com and content providers that first used these products. And it’s great to see today’s leading edge technologies — i.e. virtualization — making their way into key data center infrastructure components like load balancing, storage, and firewalls, following the lead VMware, Microsoft and others have done with server virtualization.The next key question is when will these data center infrastructure hardware components themselves become fully virtualized services and reside on independent hardware platforms — i.e. virtual appliances? This is a trend that’s bound to come over the next several years as software + general processors continue evolving to provide custom silicon-level performance.For now, we’re pleased to see load balancing continue to provide strong value for customers deploying and optimizing their business through their key investments in Oracle…

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