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7 Ways Network Virtualization Simplifies Your Life

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This past week was National Simplify Your Life Week. It was a time of year to organize your garage — or your sock drawer. It’s the week for eliminating all those unnecessary items in your life. In other words: it’s time to de-clutter so you can de-stress! Perhaps nowhere is the need for simplicity more Read more...

Network Virtualization In Action: Phoenix NAP

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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 Read more...

Network Virtualization Production Deployments Continue to Rise

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It was interesting to read this post on TechTarget that posed the question, “Is network virtualization real or just vaporware?” The facts are pretty clear that network virtualization is being deployed in production networks today to create business opportunities and solve infrastructure challenges for real-world customers. For example, NTT Communications, one of the world’s largest Read more...

Network Virtualization – Monitoring And Troubleshooting Series

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This post was written by Martin Casado and Amar Padmanahban, with input from Scott Lowe, Bruce Davie, and T. Sridhar, and appeared on the Network Heresy Blog. There is a lot of discussion in the market surrounding. They will be publishing  a multi-part discussion on visibility and debugging in networks that provide network virtualization, and Read more...

What is a Distributed Firewall?

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In the post “What is Network Virtualization?” I described a model where the application’s complete L2-L7 virtual network is decoupled from hardware and moved into a software abstraction layer for the express purpose of automation and business agility. In this post I’ll focus on network security, and describe an imminent firewall form factor enabled by Read more...

Thinking Out Loud: The Future of VLANs

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This post originally appeared on the blog of Scott Lowe, a member of the VMware team and is a tremendous resource for information about all things virtualization.  It’s interesting to me how much the idea of a VLAN has invaded the consciousness of data center IT professionals. Data center folks primarily tasked with managing compute workloads are nearly Read more...

The Future For Network Engineers

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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 Read more...

Video Interview with Martin Casado on Network Virtualization

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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 Read more...

Network Virtualization in Action: Voonami Inc.

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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 Read more...

VMware @ Red Hat Summit – More Customer Choice for OpenStack

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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 Read more...