I guess it was inevitable after Cisco released the virtualized images of its Nexus switch OS for use in VMWare vSphere environments and F5’s IP and layer 7 load balancers having virtual copies that can interact with them that the virtualized networking market was going to blow up. El Reg reports on the move by several CTOs of large tech corps to try implementing a standards base for this technology and the speculation that this is a strategic move by Cisco to level the playing field to keep the market from getting monopolized and hence reduce the cut in baremetal network hardware that is Cisco’s bread and butter (as in, the nervous system of the Internet).

Hopefully such standards will come to pass by the IEEE, ISO or whoever and keep some semblance of sanity in large, heterogenous datacenter environments.