VMware teams with HP and Dell on software-defined networking offerings

Software-defined networking is aimed at making networks simpler to configure

Dell and HP have separately unveiled partnerships with VMware that see the respective firms working with the cloud and virtualisation giant to push software-defined networking in the data centre by integrating their products with its VMware NSX network virtualisation technology.

At the VMworld 2014 event in San Francisco, HP announced general availability of the HP-VMware networking solution, which federates its HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller with VMware NSX. Meanwhile, Dell announced the combination of VMware NSX with Cumulus Linux on Dell Networking switches, also aimed at delivering the benefits of software-defined networking.

The HP-VMware networking solution was actually announced last year, when the firm announced plans to federate its HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller with the newly unveiled VMware NSX technology.

This integration provides customers with a centralised view of the complete data centre network, delivering automated control for greater agility and improving monitoring and troubleshooting, but as V3 reported last year, could not be realised until the delivery of HP’s Converged Control application for the Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller.

The combination of the HP-VMware networking solution with HP Converged Systems for Virtualization and HP OneView enables automated provisioning and management for both physical and virtual infrastructure resources, HP said, making for more efficient and agile operation of IT services.

HP also disclosed that its Helion OpenStack portfolio will support VMware NSX network virtualisation in an upcoming release.

“Together, the combination of HP Helion OpenStack with VMware’s enterprise-proven infrastructure, backed by HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services, will help organisations implement OpenStack technology with greater success and confidence,” HP said in a statement.

Dell said that it and VMware are working with Cumulus Networks to deliver VMware NSX with Cumulus Linux on Dell Networking switches. Aimed at large enterprises and service providers, this enables provisioning of the complete data centre networking environment, physical and virtual, and simplifies IT operations, Dell said.

For mid-size firms, Dell and VMware have partnered to provide a converged infrastructure solution offering VMware NSX running on top of Dell servers, networking and storage infrastructure.

Dell’s converged infrastructure includes the Dell PowerEdge M1000e server blade chassis, Dell Networking 10/40GbE MXL blade switch, S4810 Top of Rack switch and S6000 fabric switches, as well as Dell Storage iSCSI arrays.

Dell said that the solution is tested, validated and supported by Dell, providing customers a single trusted partner that can streamline procurement and services.

Both the VMware NSX on Cumulus Linux solution and the converged infrastructure solution are available for order today, Dell said.

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26 August 2014 | 4:23 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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