Oracle Bolsters SDN Initiative with Switches, Virtual Network Services
The software giant is introducing the new Ethernet switches at the MWC show, where it also is showing off its new Netra Modular System.Oracle is expanding its software-defined network efforts with new Ethernet switches and virtual network services that are aimed at cloud-based enterprise data centers that need greater scalability and lower latency. Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, the software giant, which has been building out its networking virtualization capabilities over the past few years, rolled out the Oracle Ethernet Switch ES2-72 and ES2-64 Ethernet switches. Oracle said the new switches, optimized to run best with Oracle's Engineered Systems as well as other servers and storage appliances, simplify the network by collapsing the multiple layers found in traditional networks and driving down costs by reducing the amount of cabling and easing management. Oracle also is rolling out virtual network services, software-based networking tasks around security, load balancing and routing that can all run on a single virtual instance and be configured and managed via Oracle Fabric Manager. Oracle said the addition of the switches and virtual network services to its larger software-defined networking (SDN) strategy will enable enterprises to deploy more scalable and dynamic networking infrastructures that can more quickly adapt to the changing demands brought on by such trends as greater mobility, big data and the growing Internet of things (IoT).
"Cloud-enabled data centers are only as fast or as agile as their networking allows, which makes the convergence of software-defined networking and network services a next logical step in the evolution of the software-defined data center," Raju Penumatcha, an Oracle senior vice president said in a statement. "Oracle's new Ethernet switches and virtual network services in Oracle SDN help clear the way for enterprises to deploy key network services faster and gain high performance at the lowest cost."