Cisco Systems to Launch New Virtual Networking at VMworld

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-28 Print this article Print

The world's largest networking company is highlighting a major new virtual networking technology, which will be its biggest news at VMworld 2011.

Cisco Systems, slogging through a relatively tough time in its 20-year history, is putting its troubles aside and focusing on launching a flock of new products, mostly co-delivered with host VMware Aug. 30 at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas.

The world's largest networking company has endured layoffs, product cutbacks and major strategy changes during the last 12 months as it looks to expand into other markets.

Its Unified Computing System server and preconfigured vBlock cloud systems, built in partnership with EMC, VMware and BMC, have been selling fairly well. The company is still the No. 1 provider of enterprise routers and switches, but it is quite aware it needs to succeed in new areas to continue to grow.

Soni Jiandani, senior vice president of Cisco's Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group, said the company is highlighting a major new virtual networking technology, which will be Cisco's biggest news at VMworld 2011.

The new software is available in the Cisco Nexus 1000V, which enables customers to easily create virtual networks that scale to support thousands of virtual machines while increasing application performance and security in multitenant private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures, Jiandani said.

At booth 700, the company also will demonstrate a series of new Cisco and VMware joint cloud solutions that include:

  • Unified Computing System advancements for cloud infrastructures;
  • Nexus 1000V virtual switching solutions that support VMware vSphere 5 and VMware vCloud Director 1.5;
  • Cloud security capabilities to better protect multitenant data centers and cloud environments;
  • Cloud security capabilities based on Cisco's ASA firewall technology to better protect multitenant data centers and cloud environments; and
  • Unspecified new scalable and media rich desktop virtualization solutions. 

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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