VMware’s VeloCloud Acquisition: What’s Ahead for SD-WAN


… internal and external uncertainty for VMware and VeloCloud, as they adjust their road map and reconfigure their target market. Toth says he’s interested to see if VeloCloud functions more as a standalone offering or gets folded into everything else. The latter option would mirror the experience of Viptela, which is undergoing deep integration with Cisco. Toth expects innovation to slow for Viptela as Cisco integrates it into the feature set of an IOS router.

“Cisco could also treat Viptela like it did Meraki, where it’s kind of its own platform, but that’s not expected. It’s expected to kind of get shoved into the rest of the stuff,” Toth said. “Looking at VeloCloud and VMware, what I’ll be very interested in is, what is the level of integration that they’re going to look at with other Dell and VMware products?”

VeloCloud CEO Sanjay Uppal wrote to customers and partners that his company and VMware will work as separate companies in the several months leading up to the close of the deal. VeloCloud will eventually become a unit in VMware’s Networking and Security business.

“We believe that by teaming up with VMware – a company also known for continually reimagining infrastructure as software – we will not only continue our mission of reinventing networking but we will do so on a much broader scale,” Uppal said. “As you know, about a year ago, VMware became a part of Dell, so we also gain the hardware, distribution and supply-chain expertise of Dell and EMC with this merger. VeloCloud has a huge opportunity to make a many-times-greater difference to the customers who use us and the partners and service providers that deliver those network services.”

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