Earlier this week at VMworld 2011, VMware and Cisco announced new technology innovations and enhancements to their combined virtualization solutions that will help customers accelerate their journey to the cloud.
The companies unveiled a breakthrough in network virtualization, VXLAN, which will broaden the mobility range of virtual machines across multiple data centers and cloud environments. A draft of the VXLAN specification is available on the IETF website.
“Together with VMware, Cisco has unlocked the power of the network to extend virtual machines beyond the confines of a single stack to the entire data center and cloud infrastructure from different locations. VXLAN will provide the ability to scale networking segments to millions of VMs to ease the deployment of applications in the cloud. Also, by segmenting these VMs and applications via highly secure virtual networks, customers will be able to achieve the security required for multi-tenant cloud environments,” said Soni Jiandani, senior vice president, Server, Access, Virtualization Technology Group for Cisco.
“Our partnership with Cisco has resulted in numerous technology innovations that are delivering strategic value across customer environments,” said Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, VMware. “With the new and enhanced technology integrations announced today, we're continuing to help customers transform their datacenters for enterprise hybrid cloud computing and their desktops for the post-PC era.”