Week in Review: VMware, Partners Tell their Software-Defined Stories

By Paula Bernier August 30, 2014

VMworld took place this week in San Francisco, so a lot of the news in the NFV and SDN arenas over the past few days has come out of this event, which is staged by virtualization pioneer VMware.

In a keynote Tuesday, VMware CTO Ben Fathi talked about how software-defined architectures can be deployed. Businesses are stuck in siloes, they want to cloud-enable existing applications, to allow developers to quickly introduce new capabilities, and to have elastic network resources, he noted.

“We believe in the power of &,” he said, explaining that means if you use the software-defined data center you can continue to run your existing services and run cloud native applications on the same infrastructure, using the tools you like, and running it on premises, in the cloud, or using a mixture of the two.

Among the many announcements from VMware in the past few days was the introduction of EVO: RAIL, which the company is promoting as the fastest way to build and deploy a software-defined data center. EVO: RAIL is an appliance that allows users to produce virtual machines within minutes of powering up the device. The complete solution will be sold by VMware partners Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, Net One Systems Co., and Supermicro.

This week also saw Gigamon offer an update on its work related to VMware solutions.

Gigamon said that it continues to move forward with its work related to visibility for VMware NSX and software-defined data centers.

Hatem Naguib, vice president, networking and security at VMware, added: “We are working with partners such as Gigamon to help enable customers to leverage the tools in which they have invested time and money by extending the capabilities through the VMware NSX platform. VMware and Gigamon provide customers with holistic active visibility across physical and virtual networks.”

Meanwhile, HP and VMware this week explained that hybrid cloud adoption and the software-defined data center are the focus of their expanded relationship.

Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president of the SDDC Division at VMware, said customers will be able to combine HP Helion OpenStack with VMware's VMware vSphere and VMware NSX to achieve production-grade OpenStack deployments.

VMware is trying to position its technology as the best foundation for OpenStack clouds. The company this week announced VMware Integrated OpenStack, which aims to simplify the deployment and operation of clouds based on OpenStack, a cloud-focused open source technology initiated a couple years ago by Rackspace and now being embraced by many in the SDN arena.

However, OpenStack is been seen by many as a VMware challenger, which may help explain why VMware is talking about “the power of &” while at the same time bringing OpenStack into the fold.

In other SDN-related new this week, Brocade extended its effort to promote solid state storage and the software-defined data center, and Active Broadband Networks introduced an SDN-based broadband gateway.

Executive Editor, TMC

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