A very short update on Cloud Computing...
EMC: Build Their Own Server...
We remember that during EMC World in June 2012, EMC started the process of building their own cloud system... without Cisco.
EMC acquired Nicira, to fix their hole in their networking stack, as discussed during VMWare World 2012 in August 2012. VMWare also started selling cloud engineering professional services.
This left Cisco in a very difficult position - where would Cisco go to get a Hypervisor? Cisco just tool a significant equity stake in Parallels, in order to gain one. Perhaps, they should have thought about KVM on Illumos.
While EMC and Cisco are continuing to gobble up components (still missing an OS) for their proprietary clouds, Oracle had released The First Cloud OS back in 2012 - it was called Solaris 11. Of course, Microsoft can't be left behind, copy'ing Oracle, saying Windows Server 2012 is the First Cloud OS! LOL!
Of course, Illumos is still an option for both EMC and Cisco... and Cisco would not have needed to buy an equity stake in Parallels, had they gone the Illumos route from the beginning. Joyent has been selling Clouds on Illumos for some time, even appearing in Gartner's Magic Quadrant starting in 2009.
What was Cisco thinking?