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If there was any doubt that software-defined networking expertise is a hot ticket, Oracle’s(s orcl) planned acquisition of Xsigo, coming on the heels of  VMware’s(s vmw) blockbuster $1.26 billion buy of Nicira, should erase it.

Oracle is not saying how much it’s spending on Xsigo but SDN is clearly at the heart of the deal, which is slated to close this fall.

According to Oracle’s statement, posted early Monday morning:

Xsigo’s software-defined networking technology simplifies cloud infrastructure and operations by allowing customers to dynamically and flexibly connect any server to any network and storage, resulting in increased asset utilization and application performance while reducing cost …The combination of Xsigo for network virtualization and Oracle VM for server virtualization is expected to deliver a complete set of virtualization capabilities for cloud environments.

Update: While Oracle positioned the deal as a play for SDN heft, others, including GigaOM…

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