HP, VMware partner on network solution

Solution will provide unified automation of physical, virtual data centre networks

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HP, VMware partner on network solution HP has partnered with VMware to develop a federated network solution, designed to provide customers unified automation of, and visibility into, their physical and virtual data centre networks.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 6, 2013

HP and VMware will collaborate to deliver the industry's first federated network solution, designed to provide customers unified automation of, and visibility into, their physical and virtual data centre networks, enabling business agility and improving business continuity.

The new HP-VMware networking solution will federate the HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller with the VMware NSX network virtualisation platform to provide customers with an integrated approach to automating their physical and virtual network infrastructure. The networking solution is designed to provide a centralised view, unified automation, visibility and control of the complete data centre network, improving agility, monitoring and troubleshooting.

"Networks must be agile enough to enable the adoption of cloud and mobility while ensuring continuity," said Gautam Raj, Networking sales director, HP Middle East.  "Building upon our SDN leadership, the HP-VMware networking solution unifies visibility and automation of the physical and virtual network with a common control plane, enabling new application and service delivery in minutes rather than months."

According to HP, the HP-VMware networking solution promises to eliminate manual configuration of both the physical and virtual data center networks through interoperable automated orchestration of policies. It also will create a single view of the network, both physical and virtual. 

The HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller also will include support for VMware Open vSwitch Database (OVSDB) management protocol. This enables HP FlexFabric switches to participate in the automated provisioning of the virtual network, which will be delivered by VMware NSX network virtualisation platform.

"Customers are adopting network virtualisation to gain the necessary agility needed to realise the promise of virtualised and cloud data centres. To be successful, IT organisations need solutions to deliver common management of services and operations across the physical and virtual domains," said Stephen Mullaney, senior vice president and general manager, networking and security business unit, VMware. "By collaborating with HP on a federated networking solution, we will help our joint customers create a unified network operations model that will radically simplify IT in the software-defined data centre."

HP also introduced the HP FlexFabric 5930 switch with built-in intelligence based on VXLAN technology, extending network virtualization to the servers, and allowing customers to leverage their virtual and physical networks to work together as one entity.

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