There’s almost no end to the partnerships that have been announced this week in San Francisco at VMware’s annual VMworld conference. A collaboration with Hewlett-Packard on a software-defined networking solution is one of them.
The companies said Monday that HP’s Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller is now federated with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to provide IT departments with an integrated approach to automating their physical and virtual network infrastructure.
They said the networking solution will provide a centralized view, unified automation, visibility and control of the complete data center network, improving agility, monitoring and troubleshooting.
It will be sold as a standalone solution. In addition, there will be a version as part of HP’s ConvergedSystems stack, which delivers server/networking/storage racks for enterprises.
In addition they announced that the upcoming commercial release of HP Helion OpenStack platform for creating cloud infrastructure will support VMware’s vSphere server virtualization for building cloud infrastructure. In addition, HP said Helion OpenStack will support VMware’s NSX network virtualization in a near future release.
“VMware believes the software-defined data centre is inevitable, and is teaming with HP to drive innovation and simplify adoption of open, software-defined technologies in the enterprise,” Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president of VMware’s software defined data centre division said in a statement.
“Customers will be able to combine HP Helion OpenStack with VMware’s enterprise-class infrastructure including VMware vSphere and VMware NSX to achieve production-grade OpenStack deployments. Our integrated network virtualization and SDN solution will help customers achieve a completely new operational model for networking that enables data center operators to achieve orders of magnitude better agility and improved economics
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