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Nicira is a company focused on software-defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization. It was founded in 2007 by Martin Casado, Nick McKeown and Scott Shenker. Nicira created their own proprietary versions of the OpenFlow, Open vSwitch, and OpenStack networking projects.[1]

On July 23, 2012, VMware announced they intended to acquire Nicira for $1.26 billion,[2] a deal which closed the following month. Today, Nicira continues to operate as a special division of VMware.


Nicira was co-founded by Martin Casado, who served as the CTO, Nick McKeown and Scott Shenker.


  1. ^ Matthew Palmer (2012-07-13). "vSwitch the New Battleground for Network Virtualization". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ Williams, Alex (July 23, 2012). "VMware Buys Nicira For $1.26 Billion And Gives More Clues About Cloud Strategy". TechCrunch. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 

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