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Nortel Pairs up with VMware to Tackle a Virtual Data Center
IT Business Edge | Priority: Optimizing Infrastructure | Topic: Virtualization Date Published: 5/13/2008 With Rami Rammaha, virtualization marketing manager, Nortel. Question: Nortel is more widely known in metro voice circles than in enterprise data circles. What technologies do you bring to further the drive toward network virtualization? Rammaha: Nortel has been known to simplify technologies and introduce innovations that reduce network complexity while reducing total cost of ownership for data infrastructure, innovations like Routed Split Multi Link Trunking (RSMLT) for switch clustering and enhancing network resiliency to achieve sub-second fail-over to support critical applications like unified communications. In our recent end-to-end virtualization announcement, Nortel is building on the same foundation to simplify the network, utilize network capacity resources efficiently, lower capex and opex, and reduce power and cooling consumption. Nortel introduced innovative patented technologies on "virtual racks" and "virtual services module," among many other pending patents on virtualization to support multiple intelligent services like FW, L4-L7 server load balancing and SSL acceleration on the same platform for multiple customers. Other innovative technologies are providing IP VPN services over existing IP infrastructure and extending to Layer 3 virtual routing network domains to separate customer traffic. Question: Your platform is largely based on the Virtual Services Switch 5000. How does it differ from the virtual switch platforms of Cisco and Brocade? Rammaha: Our end-to-end virtualization consists of Virtual Services Switch 5000, Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 release 5.0, and a partnership with Vmware to extend virtualization to the server. Virtual Services Switch 5000 virtualizes L4-L7 services like security, application availability and acceleration to support multiple customers on the same platform. Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 virtualizes L3 routing domains and extends VPN services across campus over existing IP infrastructure without the complexity of MPLS like management, troubleshooting and specialized IT resources. Lastly, we worked with industry leaders in the server virtualization market to provide a resilient high-bandwidth solution especially for iSCSI environments, where you have a lot of target or I/O requests. Question: You've also brought things like application switching and SSL acceleration onto the platform. How does that benefit the enterprise? Rammaha: In Virtual Services Switch 5000, we separated the software environment from hardware infrastructure. Data center virtualization allows IT departments to pool resources and allocate them to specific user groups or customers and applications as needed. It is a secure, reliable way to meet the demands of customer networks with fewer physical resources.
Ceedo's Virtualization Product Sound, but Faces Competition TAKEAWAY: Blogger Dan Kusnetzky discusses Ceedo's new application virtualization technology for Windows, which it markets as "portable desktop virtualization." Kusnetzky says Ceedo's implementation seems sound, so its challenge will come in getting companies to select its product over others from Citrix and VMware.
ZDNet | Priority: Optimizing Infrastructure | Topic: Virtualization Date Published: 3/26/2008 | Date Reviewed: 4/18/2008 HP, Citrix Partner on Virtualization Server TAKEAWAY: HP has released the ProLiant iVirtualization server designed for SMBs and enterprise customers. The server integrates virtualization technologies from Citrix XenServer. By teaming with Citrix, HP hopes to simplify deployment and management.
ChannelWEB | Priority: Optimizing Infrastructure | Topic: Virtualization Date Published: 3/20/2008 | Date Reviewed: 3/21/2008 Microsoft Releases Hyper-V Release Candidate TAKEAWAY: Microsoft released a beta of its Hyper-V virtualization technology. The new beta includes support for new guest operating systems that will be able to run on top of the Hyper-V. Microsoft says it is on track to release the Hyper-V by August.
Network World | Priority: Optimizing Infrastructure | Topic: Virtualization Date Published: 3/19/2008 | Date Reviewed: 3/19/2008