The demand for improved data centre interconnectivity addresses challenges facing today's businesses, including:
NEC's new UNC tackles those issues and improves scalability of the network controller by 10 times over previous ProgrammableFlow controllers. The UNC enables construction and orchestration of virtual networks across multiple controllers within a data centre as well as across interconnects between data centres. The UNC's capability of linking virtual networks across and between data centres gives customers the ability to link to specific policies within the UNC. In turn, users gain the ability to have an end-to-end policy across multiple controllers and multiple domains.
"We've found that our customers are looking for a policy-based approach to managing their data centres, which is now possible with NEC's UNC", stated Don Clark, director of business development, NEC Corporation of America. "The ProgrammableFlow version 5.1 controller allows for better resource utilization and it simplifies data centre management, both of which can increase service agility and reduce operating costs. Customers can deploy the UNC to move workloads across multiple data centres and control how traffic flows across WAN links. This allows the pooling of resources, which equates to better utilization of not only networks, but also storage and servers."
"Data centre interconnect (DCI) is an area of increasing focus for IT organisations as they address the expanding regulatory requirements for exchanging, storing, processing and accessing corporation information as well as the emergence of Big Data as a key component of business functions", stated Nav Chander, senior analyst, IDC. "We recently surveyed senior data centre and CIO executives at 200 enterprises about DCI and found they are looking for solutions such as the UNC to help them fully leverage their networks. At the top of their list of concerns are business continuity and disaster recovery. An interconnect solution will be particularly attractive because of the investment protection and the variety of technology approaches it affords."
As an illustration of its 10x scalability, each ProgrammableFlow UNC controls up to:
Working with its enterprise and service provider customers, NEC has developed several use cases for using the ProgrammableFlow UNC. This is an ideal solution for customers who want to develop an effective disaster recovery and business continuity strategy. Using the ProgrammableFlow UNC helps reduce costs for readiness because it better leverages existing IT resources and investments. It also provides highly available computing capability.
The ProgrammableFlow UNC also provides better workload application mobility. It enables moving virtualized resources to and from dispersed geographic locations, either because of expansion or consolidation efforts. Additionally, customers can enjoy new levels of collaboration with improved responsiveness to planned or unplanned events, such as weather-related outages or emergencies.
NEC's ProgrammableFlow version 5.1 controller and NEC's Unified Network Coordinator are expected to be made generally available for North American customers in April 2014.