Saturday, 30 August 2014

Dell, VMware Collaborate to Deliver VMware NSX Solutions for the Software-Defined Data Center

Dell and VMware, Inc. have announced the companies are extending a longstanding relationship to deliver solutions that will accelerate adoption of network virtualization and open networking in the software-defined data center.

The expanded relationship includes a range of new networking solutions for midmarket, large enterprise and service provider customers, backed by a joint go-to-market initiative, validated reference architecture and a global reseller agreement.

Dell and VMware are working with Cumulus Networks® to deliver the VMware NSX network virtualization platform with Cumulus® Linux® on Dell Networking switches.  Additionally, Dell is delivering a fully-tested and validated converged infrastructure solution for midmarket customers that include VMware NSX.

Global organizations are adopting the software-defined data center as an open, agile, secure and efficient architecture to simplify IT and transition to the hybrid cloud,” said Raghu Raghuram, Executive Vice President, SDDC Division, VMware. “The software-defined data center enables open innovation at speeds that cannot be matched in the hardware-defined world. As partners, VMware and Dell are committed to advancing networking in the SDDC, and are collaborating to make the next-generation of advanced network virtualization available to our mutual customers.”

“For network virtualization to reach broadly into all addressable enterprise markets – from the largest enterprises to mid-size companies – it is essential that a strong vendor ecosystem deliver complete solutions that can be easily procured, deployed, managed, and supported,” said Brad Casemore, Research Director, Datacenter Networks, IDC. “Dell, VMware, and Cumulus Networks clearly see significant opportunity to provide a wide range of architectural options, from network disaggregation to converged infrastructure.”

VMware NSX is on the Dell price list, and is currently available directly from Dell and Dell channel partners for purchase and deployment. Dell and VMware have partnered to train the Dell field, with thousands of representatives already completing initial VMware NSX training. Dell and VMware have also completed validated reference architecture for the combined Dell and VMware networking solution.

Dell, VMware and Cumulus Networks are delivering a pre-configured solution, available from Dell, that combines VMware NSX with Cumulus Linux on Dell Networking switches. This combined solution will help enterprises and service providers achieve holistic management and provisioning of the complete data center networking environment, physical and virtual, and accelerate deployment of new applications while simplifying IT operations.

The joint ventures expect  customers to achieve significant benefits such as transition rigid, proprietary networking solutions to flexible, open, simple and agile networking with compelling economics; speed network and service provisioning time to accelerate application deployment time; leverage network virtualization, isolation and segmentation to Implement application and client multi-tenancy;  connect physical workloads with virtual networks; improve performance and quality-of-service by automatically detecting and isolating application-specific flows (known in networking as elephant and mice flows and deliver micro-segmentation to embed security into data center constructs.

Companies with limited IT staff and budget are looking for simple, integrated and validated architectures. Dell and VMware have teamed to provide a converged infrastructure solution to meet these requirements.

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