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Realizing a Simpler Path to OpenStack

App Dev in Server RoomThe impact that the application development community is having on current approaches to IT is astounding, and one thing is apparent – developers don’t want to deal with the data center infrastructure directly. OpenStack has emerged as a framework that provides application development teams with API-based, programmatic access to the infrastructure.

But organizations have found deploying OpenStack can be time and resource intensive, and the underlying infrastructure does not always meet their requirements for security, resilience and performance. Once deployed, an OpenStack cloud can require ongoing consultant support, hard-to-find OpenStack experts or considerable staff education and training in order to maintain operations. IT has also lacked the critical management capabilities to ensure ongoing success of sophisticated OpenStack production deployments in the enterprise.

This is where VMware Integrated OpenStack comes in.

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#VMchat Recap: Networking is a Software Industry – and Here’s Why.

#VMchat 2 Blog post

Last week, Guido Appenzeller, VMware’s Chief Technology Strategy Officer for networking and security, joined communications head Oliver Roll for the second in a series of #VMchat discussions. (You can view the first #VMchat in the series here, featuring an interview with VMware End-User Computing chief Sanjay Poonen.)

During this month’s chat, Guido and Oliver explored the revolution that is currently taking place in the networking industry. They touched on Guido’s previous industry experience, the importance of “open” networking, his perspective on network security and much more.

Hit the break for a visual recap of the conversation and be sure to tune in to the next #VMchat coming up later this month. Stay tuned to Tribal Knowledge for details!

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RSVP and Tune in Tomorrow: Twitter Chat with Guido Appenzeller

Oliver RollBy Oliver Roll, Editor-in-Chief of Tribal Knowledge and VP, Global Corporate Communications at VMware

It goes without saying that networking is top-of-mind for everyone at VMware and for our customers. How will it evolve over the rest of this decade? Which new developments will shape networking as we enter the next phase of cloud? What are the biggest challenges that we face?Networking Twitter Chat

I am looking forward to tackling these questions and more in a Twitter chat with one of the new stars at VMware, Guido Appenzeller. Our new Chief Technology Strategy Officer for networking and security brings a wealth of experience and know-how from Big Switch Networks, where he was co-founder and CEO. His passion and knowledge on this topic are unparalleled.

Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 2) from noon to 1pm PST. We welcome all your questions and comments. Tune in and tweet using the hashtag #VMchat.

And don’t forget to RSVP and put the event on your calendar.

The New Reality of Data Center Security

DC Security TodayMicro-segmentation redefines enterprise security

It seems every few days, a new, high profile data breach dominates the headlines. Tens of millions of user accounts hacked, 40 million credit card numbers leaked, customer names and addresses posted to forums: This is the reality of today’s cybersecurity landscape.

One of the oldest approaches to security both outside and within the realm of IT is compartmentalization. You don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and you don’t entrust the security of your data center solely to a perimeter firewall. Network World dubbed this approach “crustacean security“ way back in 2007.

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#VMworld Networking & Security Spotlight Sessions

Martin Casado

Martin Casado

Last year at VMworld, we launched the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to great fanfare. At VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, our Networking CTO Martin Casado will give two Spotlight Sessions to explain just why NSX is taking off with customers. If you are attending the show, you’ll want to make sure you register for the sessions to get a seat.

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Virtual Networking Today and Tomorrow: Get Connected, Glimpse the Future

By Milin Desai, senior director, product management, VMware NSX

Network virtualization is quickly gaining momentum; in the market, online and through a growing set of resources to help you learn, engage, and even glimpse the future of networking. Organizations such as China Mobile, China Telecom, Colt, eBay, McKesson, NEXON America, NTTcom, Schuberg Philis, Synergent, USDA and WestJet and hundreds more are on the path to virtualizing the network.

I have two new resources to share with you: check out this VMware strategy and directions video, in which I outline the business case for network virtualization and discuss where we are headed with VMware NSX.

Then visit www.virtualizeyournetwork.com. It’s a content-rich site where you can explore all things network virtualization, engage with others about the Software-Defined Data Center and Network Virtualization, and learn how both of these are evolving not only how we run our businesses, but also our careers. The site hosts content from multiple sources and allows you to learn more about network virtualization, its business value, and its technical capabilities. We’ve designed the site around the perspectives and business priorities of Team SDDC – the people that are making network virtualization a real and practical solution.

Business demands are demanding a change. We’re in an exciting time and I invite you to follow along, give us feedback, and soon, join a new vibrant community of network virtualization enthusiasts.

VMware: A Networking Visionary

VMware has been on a journey to bring the same benefits of server virtualization to the network for over a decade, starting with virtual switches, accelerating to our vCloud Networking and Security suite, and culminating with our 2012 Nicira acquisition and launch of our VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform.

In the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, VMware received recognition for its visionary approach. In fact, VMware was placed furthest on Completeness of Vision axis. We believe this level of recognition is remarkable considering:

  • 2014 marked the very first year that VMware was considered for the Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant
  • VMware is the only pure-play software vendor recognized in the Magic Quadrant

We believe this is clear validation - the world of data center networking has been forever changed.

Major Cloud Players Agree

VMware’s initial effort to virtualize network switching has also been validated by other public cloud service providers such as Amazon and Google. Those providers are also building software-based virtualized network stacks that run on commodity x86 infrastructure and can interconnect with proprietary hardware-based solutions when needed.

So, even if you look to other cloud providers for inspiration, the vision is the same, and it’s getting validated at massive scale. That said, VMware differs in a fundamental, but significant way. The overwhelming majority of enterprises are architecting for a hybrid cloud future. If you want a pure networking and security software stack to give you complete portability and centralized management and operations in a hybrid cloud, NSX is it. If you want an Amazon-like networking and security experience in your data center, NSX is the technology to get you there. Remember – Amazon’s roots are in retail. If hardware-oriented networking and security solutions could deliver a better total cost of ownership, don’t you think that Amazon would have used those solutions?

This is Just the Beginning

In my short time as Americas CTO, I have been blown away by NSX customer interest. Early adopters were initially looking at network virtualization for business continuity benefits such as being able to move workloads between data centers without having to reconfigure network or firewall settings, or worry about physical network dependencies. That said, agility has become the primary driver. Traditional data center networking and security remains the primary workload provisioning bottleneck. A VM with an OS and application stack be can delivered in minutes, but it can take a week or longer to provision the network stack and firewall rules. If a workload is moved to a new data center or cloud, you may have to do it all over again.

Our NSX technology allows security policies and firewall rules to be mapped to objects (VMs) instead of IP addresses. That alone can provide a massive reduction in the costs and complexity associated with traditional security management. One of our clients reduced their firewall rule set from 150,000 to less than 5,000 rules. This frees security specialists to worry about more important things like safely empowering business agility.

NSX isn’t just a VMware technology – it’s an extensible platform with a rapidly growing ecosystem of third party networking and security software partners that have built software that plugs right into the stack. Best of all, when operational tasks are automated, partner solutions that plugged into the platform simply go along for the ride.

Like I’ve said before, automation should be a feature, not a professional service. Building a true software-defined data center, where value is derived through software will let you continue to safely automate more and more, while maintaining hardware and provider independence and lowering costs. There is a massive industry of traditional IT heavyweights that will tell you that this approach is bad for you, mainly because their bottom line will always depend on substantial professional services to go along with any technology deployment. They don’t only get you at the initial deployment, but also for every upgrade as well. Network virtualization is one of many key technologies that will allow you to break away from a legacy IT methodology and into a scalable and flexible automated environment. When you add that to a software-defined data center with tightly integrated management stack, automated service delivery and remediation comes “out of the box.” While this isn’t the end to professional services, service offerings will transition more to enabling unique business requirements rather than constantly re-inventing the technology wheel.

It’s good to see Gartner – a strong voice of the IT community – include our vision in its latest Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant.

What are your thoughts?



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