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Network Virtualization In Action: Phoenix NAP

Phoenix NAP® is a full service data center and primary network access point (NAP) offering cloud services, dedicated server hosting, colocation, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). William Bell, vice president of product development, cloud and enterprise services at Phoenix NAP, tells us that the company has implemented VMware network virtualization as a business-critical component of their new Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC).

“Network virtualization forms the foundation of everything else we’re able to do from a service delivery perspective, and it’s a major reason why we were able to extend our services globally to increase our business opportunities.”

 

Phoenix NAP’s VPDC combines leading-edge technologies, including network virtualization from VMware, to enable customers to rapidly extend their current IT environments to the cloud without high costs or lengthy timelines. Using VMware network virtualization technology, Phoenix NAP dynamically create virtual networks with advanced security services that are completely decoupled and independent from the physical network hardware. Phoenix NAP abstracts the network from physical underlying hardware to provide an integrated point-and-click network environment that enables customers to deploy their product closer to their locations. This allows Phoenix NAP to more efficiently utilize existing data center infrastructure, while reconnecting legacy environments within virtualized networks for customers.

“Network virtualization from VMware has freed us from the constraints of physical networking. We have more flexibility in determining where, when and how we advanced cloud services to our customers, and we have the agility to expand and contract those services in near real-time in an automated and programmatic way.”

 

The use of network virtualization reduces the time it takes Phoenix NAP to help customers extend their IT infrastructure to the cloud and more easily adopt infrastructure-as-a-service to improve their business agility.

Roger Fortier, VMware, Inc.

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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