Amazon Web Services (AWS) is considering a move into the networking space by selling its own switches, according to a report by The Information.
The San Francisco-based news site claims that AWS has plans to sell switches to business customers, citing two sources. One of these sources, it said, has been briefed on the matter.
Cisco's share price fell over six per cent after the report was published on Friday, while Arista's fell by more than five per cent and Juniper's by more than three per cent.
The report claimed that the switches will be whiteboxed, and designed to make it easy for businesses to shift IT systems between on-premises infrastructure and the public cloud.
AWS will look to undercut incumbent vendors in the space by between 70 and 80 per cent, The Information added, claiming the hardware could be available within the next 18 months.
CRN has contacted AWS for comment.
AWS' has typically taken the stance that the public cloud is viable for all workloads, but recently acknowledged that most businesses will opt for a hyrbid approach for the time being - proven by its recently announced partnership with VMware.
Businesses also admit to holding data without permission of subjects
Zedsphere says end-point security vendor's offerings will be a 'key' feature of its wider portfolio
New acquisition will bring UK cloud service provider's global headcount to over 700
Law firm claims that Oracle lied to investors over what is driving its cloud revenue growth and boosted sales through 'threats and extortive tactics'