VMware's new NSX network virtualization platform raises questions about whether the company is loosening its ties with Cisco Systems, Jeffrey Burt writes. "For all the lip service given to [the Cisco-VMware alliance], that partnership for all intents and purposes is done," says Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research. While Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's chief technology officer, insists that her company is still collaborating with VMware, she also questions VMware's software-only approach. Both companies also released statements trying to minimize the rumor mill, saying their companies' partnership will continue.

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