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Seven reasons VMware NSX, Cisco UCS and Nexus are orders of magnitude more awesome together

VMware NSX, Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus, TOGETHER solve many of the most pressing issues at the intersection of networking and virtualization.

Executive Summary

VMware NSX brings industry-leading network virtualization capabilities to Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus infrastructures, on any hypervisor, for any application, with any cloud management platform.  Adding state of the art virtual networking (VMware NSX) to best-in-class physical networking (Cisco UCS & Nexus) produces significant optimizations in these key areas:

  • Provision services-rich virtual networks in seconds
  • Orders of magnitude more scalability for virtualization
  • The most efficient application traffic forwarding possible
  • Orders of magnitude more firewall performance
  • Sophisticated application-centric security policy
  • More intelligent automation for network services
  • Best-of-breed synergies for multi data center
  • More simplified network configurations

Cisco UCS and Nexus 7000 infrastructure awesomeness

A well-engineered physical network always has been and will continue to be a very important part of the infrastructure. The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is an innovative architecture that simplifies and automates the deployment of stateless servers on a converged 10GE network. Cisco UCS Manager simultaneously deploys both the server and its connection to the network through service profiles and templates; changing what was once many manual touch points across disparate platforms into one automated provisioning system. That’s why it works so well. I’m not just saying this; I’m speaking from experience.

Cisco UCS is commonly integrated with the Cisco Nexus 7000 series; a high-performance modular data center switch platform with many features highly relevant to virtualization, such as converged networking (FCoE), data center interconnect (OTV), Layer 2 fabrics (FabricPath, vPC), and location independent routing with LISP. This typically represents best-in-class data center physical networking.

With Cisco UCS and Nexus 7000 platforms laying the foundation for convergence and automation in the physical infrastructure, the focus now turns to the virtual infrastructure. VMware NSX, when deployed with Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus, elegantly solves many of the most pressing issues at the intersection of networking and virtualization. VMware NSX represents the state of the art for virtual networking. Continue reading