Amazon not taking on Cisco

amazonAmazon Web Services (AWS) has denied that it is planning to launch a range of network switches to compete with the likes of Cisco.

Cisco said that the pair’s CEOs recently had a chin-wag about the news and AWS’ boss had ruled it out.

The Cisco statement, first published by MarketWatch, said: “Cisco and AWS have a longstanding customer and partner relationship, and during a recent call between Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and AWS CEO Andy Jassy, Andy confirmed that AWS is not actively building a commercial network switch.”

MarketWatch also said that an AWS spokesperson confirmed the statement.

For those who came in late there were some serious reports that AWS was planning an assault on the networking market to help tempt users to its public cloud.

Cisco, Juniper and Arista all saw their share prices plummet.

Cisco’s share price has jumped over three percent in the wake of AWS’ denial, while Juniper’s climbed more than two percent.