So with word circulating around the industry of a possible Cisco spin-in developing a cloudy switch for SDN (software-defined networking) and/or distributed data storage, what's the status of Cisco's "Jawbreaker" fabric switching project?
Sources in the fabric and SDN industry say Jawbreaker, which was to be a merchant silicon-based response to Juniper's QFabric, has either been:
- Refocused toward the enterprise campus as a Catalyst switch adjunct
- Repositioned into Insieme, the not-so-stealthy startup spin-in run by Cisco's top three engineers -- Mario Mazzola, Luca Cafiero and Prem Jain
- Or killed entirely due to the apparent challenges Juniper's facing with QFabric. QFabric's lengthy trial and ramp cycle no longer requires a competitive marketing response from Cisco, some sources believe.