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Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Future For Network Engineers

Like many of you out there, I am a Network Engineer. We have spent much of our professional lives learning about networking technologies. We’ve invested countless hours studying for certification exams, designing customer networks, learning about product capabilities, network scalability, network management and operations. Oh, network operations…dare we count the number of sleepless nights spent in maintenance windows, supporting P1 cases, escalations and performing complex troubleshooting.

I’m proud to be a network engineer, and I can safely say that dedication to the networking craft has paid off. So, how am I supposed to feel when I hear people say that networks are “holding us back?” That application deployment and speed of provisioning are compromised by “archaic and complex network processes?” What are they getting at? This is the world that we have come to know and love.

If I stop for a minute and try to understand these complaints, I quickly discover I have experienced all of them, in one form or another, throughout my career. You know what I am talking about my fellow net-heads: Continue reading

Video Interview with Martin Casado on Network Virtualization

In case you missed it at Interop Las Vegas this year, VMware’s Martin Casado joined Rajiv Ramaswami of Broadcom and Rajeev Nagar of Microsoft on a great networking panel moderated by 451 Research Chief Analyst Eric Hanselman.  You can see the full session here.

After the session, Martin sat with Steve Wylie, GM of Cloud Connect, to talk about the evolving definition of software-defined networking, the changing network architecture and the new voices in networking.

 

 

Network Virtualization in Action: Voonami Inc.

 

Voonami, Inc., is located in Utah and offers services ranging from traditional co-location to fully hosted, managed cloud applications. Voonami is helping their enterprise customers transition from private cloud to hybrid cloud by simplifying the provisioning and replication of complex application environments. With their existing infrastructure, moving applications around and deploying new applications was costly and time consuming. Deploying network virtualization enabled Voonami to decouple the network from the underlying physical infrastructure so they could instantly and programmatically create complex multi-tier application architectures.

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VMware @ Red Hat Summit – More Customer Choice for OpenStack

 

Back in April at the OpenStack Summit, VMware had the opportunity to highlight its leadership in OpenStack Networking.  I presented a deep dive technical session about VMware’s network virtualization technology, and Sachin Thakkar demonstrated how VMware technology enables advanced load-balancing, VPN, and firewalling in cloud deployments within OpenStack. To top it all off, networking guru Martin Casado spoke on major technical trends in networking and how these changes in network architecture – which is happening broadly across the cloud whether in OpenStack or non-OpenStack environments – represents an opportunity for network virtualization platforms to deliver transformative value in speed, cost and most importantly, choice to customers (summed up well in this blog post).

This week VMware will be at the Red Hat Summit in Boston, where we will highlight the support of VMware network virtualization with Red Hat OpenStack. Today, Red Hat and VMware are already with one of the world’s largest telecommunications providers and one of the most well-known Web 2.0 companies to enable VMware network virtualization with Red Hat OpenStack. VMware and Red Hat are now showing further commitment to supporting such joint customers. Mike Werner, senior director, Global Ecosystems at Red Hat, stated:

 “Red Hat and VMware are collaborating to support joint customers who are transforming their data center network operations and economics through network virtualization. Red Hat will distribute and support the platform software Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenStack, including Open vSwitch, and work together with VMware to support joint customers who chose to run VMware network virtualization software on the Red Hat platforms.”

 

For our part, VMware will be participating in the official launch of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network at the event. Hatem Naguib, VMware’s vice president, Cloud Networking and Security, said in support of the announcement:

 “VMware supports heterogeneous cloud environments and engages across a rich ecosystem of vendors, such as Red Hat. Red Hat OpenStack used with VMware network virtualization can help customers transform networking to a more agile, software-based model. We’re excited to join the Red Hat OpenStack ecosystem, and to provide customers with further choice in building their cloud infrastructure.”

 

The rationale for VMware’s involvement in OpenStack is simple. OpenStack is a framework for assembling a cloud solution from the customer’s choice of underlying compute, network and storage technologies and VMware’s combination of technical leadership and innovation across such technologies is second to none. Our work with Red Hat to enable VMware network virtualization for joint customers is just one example of how VMware is working to make enable customer choice when it comes to building cloud solutions.

 Dan Wendlandt, Sr. Product Line Manager

 

Network Virtualization in Action: NTT Communications

Today we are kicking off a new blog series called “Network Virtualization In Action” where we bring you the voice of the customer discussing their deployments or decisions around network virtualization.

Now it goes without saying that Japan has always been known as a technology hot bed. So it seems only fitting that we announced this week that NTT Communications (NTT Com), the cloud service provider of one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies NTT Group, will deploy VMware network virtualization as a core technology for its new cloud service, Enterprise Cloud (EC).We’re excited that representatives of NTT Com will join VMware’s Martin Casado on stage at Interop Tokyo this Friday, June 15, to share their story.

So why is this technological innovator turning to VMware network virtualization to support its new EC service?  Take a read of this post on the VMware Company Blog for all of the details.

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What Is Network Virtualization?

This post originally appeared on bradhedlund.comBrad is an experienced networking professional in VMware’s Networking and Security Business Unit, specializing in network virtualization and data center fabrics.

Data centers exist for the sole purpose to deploy applications. Applications that automate business processes, serve customers better, enter new markets … you get the idea. It’s all about the Apps.

Applications are composed with both Compute and Network resources. It doesn’t make sense to have one without the other; a symbiotic relationship. And for the last decade, one half of that relationship (Compute) has been light years ahead of the other (Network). Compute and Network is a symbiotic relationship lacking any symmetry.

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A New Voice In Networking – The Network Virtualization Blog

Martin Casado, chief architect of networking here at VMware, probably made the understatement of the year in his blog post ahead of Interop Las Vegas when he wrote, “It is a very exciting time to be in networking…” The fact of the matter is we’ve entered into a transformative period in networking unlike anything we’ve seen since the invention of Ethernet. A new group of companies young and old focused on network virtualization are challenging networking’s historical operational model, and leveraging the power of software to help networking move into the 21st Century. We’ve seen this before. Read on to learn more…

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