March 03, 2011

Arrival of the Network Hypervisor – Data Center to Cloud

I recently ran across further proof that virtualization and cloud network architectures are moving towards the open and interoperable model, which is just what Ethernet data centers are looking for.  Interoperability and openness—which simply translates to support of multiple virtualization systems in one offering—is happening.

This happens at the VM-level because companies want to implement multiple vendors in their mixed, best of breed networks and be able to track VMs across their networks.

·        VMware just recently announced support for Hyper-V in its vCenter XVP Manager and Converter.

·         Microsoft has supported multi–hypervisor environments through its System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) for a while now, supporting Citrix XEN, VMware and Hyper-V, all under one management platform.

This is another big signal from the market that choice is important to customers and the ability to deploy multiple hypervisors in the network is a key buying consideration.

A recent article from IT Brand Pulse, about the Network Hypervisor, talks in detail about these dynamics.

Clearly the pieces are coming together to create open cloud architectures as the technology and use cases mature. This is the future in my opinion, and Extreme has built virtualization Life Cycle management capabilities with Extreme Networks XNV™.  Because a network must be virtualized and reap all the rewards while optimizing costs, it should be both integrated and be multi-vendor.

The bottom line is that customers can avoid vendor lock-in and remain flexible as technology evolves over time if the products they buy are open and interoperable.

-Kevin

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