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Primeur weekly 2011-09-05

Exascale supercomputing

Intel forms new subsidiary focused on HPC: Intel Federal LLC ...

The Cloud

VMware and Cisco collaborate on Cloud innovation ...

Dell launches its first public Cloud offering; Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service ...

Harris Corporation and VMware to deliver trusted enterprise Cloud to federal and commercial customers ...

NetApp and VMware help transform IT and make Cloud a reality ...

Symantec and VMware announce strategic partnership to deliver Desktop-as-a-Service solutions ...

New VMware vCloud offerings accelerate journey to the enterprise hybrid Cloud ...

VMware introduces new platform for enterprise Database as a Service ...

HP speeds and simplifies virtual infrastructure deployments ...

Cisco to provide Hosted Collaboration Solution for NTT Communications Cloud-based Unified Communications Service ...

EuroFlash

PRACE to organize Autumn School 2011, 25-27 October 2011 in Bruyères-le-Châtel, France ...

Kolkata institute inks accord with CERN ...

The quantum tunneling effect leads electron transport in porphyrins ...

Graphene's shining light could lead to super-fast Internet ...

USFlash

IBM expands power licensing as leading developers eye new applications ...

IBM and Jeopardy! relive history with encore presentation of Jeopardy!: The IBM challenge ...

VBI and Convey Computer partner to deliver technology to biomedical, life sciences researchers ...

Astrophysicists report first simulation to create a Milky Way-like galaxy ...

NIST achieves record-low error rate for quantum information processing with one qubit ...

Director appointed for New Zealand eScience Infrastructre ...

Berkeley scientists discover an 'instant cosmic classic' supernova ...

IEEE Xplore digital library reaches three million documents as pace of technical contributions accelerates ...

Oracle achieves world record result on SAP Assemble-to-Order (ATO) Standard Application Benchmark ...

UCSB physicists demonstrate the quantum von Neumann architecture ...

VMware and Cisco collaborate on Cloud innovation

30 Aug 2011 Las Vegas - At VMworld 2011, VMware and Cisco have introduced new technology innovation and enhancements to their combined virtualization solutions that help customers accelerate their journey to the Cloud.

Virtual Extensible Local Area Network, or VXLAN, is the next major step in the path towards logical, virtual networks that can be created on-demand, enabling enterprises to utilize computing and storage capacity for mission critical applications - wherever it's available.

For applications running in the Cloud, IT managers need to control every user's access to data and applications with logical networks for each instance of the application. VXLAN will scale to meet the millions of logical networks required to run applications in the Cloud with efficient utilization of network resources.

VXLAN will also support applications running in hybrid Clouds where compute capacity is delivered from pools of resources that may span across private and public clouds, VXLAN will offer a network encapsulation technique with segment identifiers for creating millions of logical networks and for enabling workloads to seamlessly move across data centres and Cloud infrastructures.

These networking segments will support cloud infrastructures that support multi-tenants that require segmentation for added security and compliance.

VXLAN, which has the support of multiple industry leading vendors, has been submitted for standardization at Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and a draft of the VXLAN specification is available on the IETF website.

VMware demonstrated the VXLAN technology during the VMworld general session keynote delivered by Steve Herrod, VMware CTO and senior vice president of R&D. Additionally, during the Cisco Super Session, Soni Jiandani, senior vice president Server, Access and Virtualization Technology, highlighted benefits from this Cloud innovation.

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) has set a new world record for the VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark, the industry standard cloud benchmark for performance. Cisco UCS achieved the highest score ever recorded for the VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark with a 21% performance advantage over other identical server core count. The VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark models a typical Cloud environment, using key VMware vSphere features such as VMware vMotion, VMware Storage vMotion and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler to balance the workload across the available resources in the Cloud.

Expansion of the Cisco and VMware desktop virtualization solutions includes:

  • Desktop virtualization: Last November, Cisco and VMware announced a desktop virtualization solution based on Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) system and VMware View 4.5. Cisco and VMware are expanding VXI solution to support VMware View 5 as well as integrations with Cisco suite of collaboration solutions.
  • Collaborative Workspace: VMware View with Cisco Unified Communications provide a collaborative workspace that will include call control and increased scalability with VMware vSphere 5, VMware View 5, Cisco Unified Communications (UC) and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).
  • Virtual Desktop Clients: VMware View 5 will be available on Cisco Cius and Cisco Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC) 2100 and 2200 endpoints to provide workers with highly secure, real-time access to business applications and content, anytime and anywhere, without compromise of the rich collaborative user experience.
  • Click-to-Call: VMware View with WebEx Connect 7enables Click-To-Call communication between users running WebEx Connect inside VMware View virtual desktops, enabling users to communicate more effectively.

Cisco and VMware combined solutions have been enhanced with the latest VMware vSphere 5 and Cisco UCS 2.0 solutions to deliver a strong foundation for Cloud computing. The enhanced solutions offer better Cloud management capabilities to virtualize the most demanding business-critical applications and workloads.

The VXLAN technology will be supported in VMware vSphere 5, VMware vCloud Director 1.5 and Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch to deliver an on-demand Cloud infrastructure to enhance the end-user experience. Beyond the VXLAN technology, Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware vCloud Director 1.5 will offer auto-deploy capabilities to simplify installation and deliver VXLAN-based network isolation that simplifies troubleshooting and management of applications running in the Cloud.

To further address security in multi-tenant Cloud infrastructures, Cisco is demonstrating Virtual ASA firewall for Nexus 1000V and plans to integrate Cisco's Virtual ASA firewall with VMware vCloud Director.

Cisco UCS 2.0 automates hypervisor provisioning by integrating VMware vSphere 5 Auto Deploy with UCS Manager. Administrators may now deploy many VMware vSphere nodes linked to a single Auto Deploy boot image in a single operation as compared to many manual steps with traditional systems. This integration speeds IT service delivery and reduces opportunities for errors by enforcing server and network configuration policies with VMware vSphere images.

"Together with VMware, Cisco has unlocked the power of the network to extend virtual machines beyond the confines of a single stack to the entire data centre and Cloud infrastructure from different locations. VXLAN will provide the ability to scale networking segments to millions of VMs to ease the deployment of applications in the Cloud. Also, by segmenting these VMs and applications via highly secure virtual networks, customers will be able to achieve the security required for multi-tenant cloud environments", stated Soni Jiandani, senior vice president, Server, Access, Virtualization Technology Group for Cisco.

"Our partnership with Cisco has resulted in numerous technology innovations that are delivering strategic value across customer environments", stated Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, VMware. "With the new and enhanced technology integrations announced today, we're continuing to help customers transform their data centres for enterprise hybrid Cloud computing and their desktops for the post-PC era."

Integrated Cisco and VMware cloud infrastructure and desktop virtualization solutions are available today from Cisco as well as qualified Cisco and VMware solution provider partners. VXLAN technology in Cisco Nexus 1000V will be available for beta in September 2011. VMware View 5 is expected to be generally available later in the third quarter of 2011.

Expanding on a strategic relationship and engineering collaboration that spans more than four years, the companies, in conjunction with industry partners, unveiled a breakthrough in network virtualization that will broaden the mobility range of virtual machines across multiple data centres and Cloud environments. The companies also announced enhancements to several desktop virtualization and Cloud infrastructure solutions designed to boost scalability, security and performance.

Source: VMware

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-09-05

Exascale supercomputing

Intel forms new subsidiary focused on HPC: Intel Federal LLC ...

The Cloud

VMware and Cisco collaborate on Cloud innovation ...

Dell launches its first public Cloud offering; Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service ...

Harris Corporation and VMware to deliver trusted enterprise Cloud to federal and commercial customers ...

NetApp and VMware help transform IT and make Cloud a reality ...

Symantec and VMware announce strategic partnership to deliver Desktop-as-a-Service solutions ...

New VMware vCloud offerings accelerate journey to the enterprise hybrid Cloud ...

VMware introduces new platform for enterprise Database as a Service ...

HP speeds and simplifies virtual infrastructure deployments ...

Cisco to provide Hosted Collaboration Solution for NTT Communications Cloud-based Unified Communications Service ...

EuroFlash

PRACE to organize Autumn School 2011, 25-27 October 2011 in Bruyères-le-Châtel, France ...

Kolkata institute inks accord with CERN ...

The quantum tunneling effect leads electron transport in porphyrins ...

Graphene's shining light could lead to super-fast Internet ...

USFlash

IBM expands power licensing as leading developers eye new applications ...

IBM and Jeopardy! relive history with encore presentation of Jeopardy!: The IBM challenge ...

VBI and Convey Computer partner to deliver technology to biomedical, life sciences researchers ...

Astrophysicists report first simulation to create a Milky Way-like galaxy ...

NIST achieves record-low error rate for quantum information processing with one qubit ...

Director appointed for New Zealand eScience Infrastructre ...

Berkeley scientists discover an 'instant cosmic classic' supernova ...

IEEE Xplore digital library reaches three million documents as pace of technical contributions accelerates ...

Oracle achieves world record result on SAP Assemble-to-Order (ATO) Standard Application Benchmark ...

UCSB physicists demonstrate the quantum von Neumann architecture ...