Cisco, VMware Talk SDN on VCE Vblocks
VCE officials said the combination of Vblocks and ACI will be a win for businesses. "Virtualized and cloud environments require more agility and simplicity to quickly deploy, migrate and maintain applications without introducing compliance, security and performance challenges," Berna Devrim, director of product and solution marketing at VCE, wrote in post on the company blog. "IT organizations, on the other hand, are challenged with operational complexity, architectural rigidity and infrastructure inefficiency that result from manual processes, disjointed provisioning, static resource allocations and disruptions when growth is needed. … Our new 'ACI-ready' Vblock Systems offer a dramatically accelerated and low-risk path to new application and technology adoption, optimal deployment and consistent operations across virtualized and bare metal environments." The same day that Chambers spoke on the conference call, a VMware official wrote a blog post boasting how well its NSX network virtualization platform runs on Vblocks. VCE Vblock systems running NSX were on display at the EMC World 2014 show earlier this month, and NSX—built from technology inherited when VMware bought SDN startup Nicira in 2012 for $1.26 billion—is a natural fit for the systems, according to Hatem Naguib, vice president and networking and security at VMware. VMware introduced NSX in August 2013.Naguib said there are organizations already running NSX on Vblocks, and that interest from VCE customers "continues to accelerate." He also noted that NSX is part of EMC's reference architecture for hybrid enterprise clouds, which include Vblock systems as an infrastructure platform.
"The next step on this path [to a software-defined data center] is virtualization of the network," Naguib wrote in the blog post. "Why? Because the business is demanding the same agility they see in virtualized compute across the entire converged infrastructure, and the network is holding them back. The network needs to deliver the same operational performance and efficiency enabled by virtualization. VMware NSX is an ideal platform for virtualizing the network running on top of converged infrastructure such as Vblock Systems in the SDDC. In fact, we’ve found that NSX runs absolutely great on Vblock Systems."