VMware Purchases Nicira
Recently VMware (NYSE: VMW) agreed to purchase Nicira for $1.26 billion in cash and equity. Nicira is considered the pioneer in software-defined networking and will be adding to VMware’s lineup of server virtualization software. Similar to the way VMware’s virtualization partitions operating systems to perform the tasks of multiple computers, Nicira subdivides a network to operate like a dozen networks. VMware expects Nicira’s software will help it improve the efficiency of computers in a data center.