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June 03, 2013Data center fabrics have been overshadowed by SDN, but vendors are still moving forward with fabrics. This year's Interop was a big, visible test for Avaya's implementation of the Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) standard.
May 17, 2013From software-defined networking to fabrics to powerful new switches, network vendors are fighting for a revitalized market.
May 14, 2013Google shared details on its production use of OpenFlow in its SDN network at this spring's Open Networking Summit.
May 06, 2013EMC's ViPR, a new software-defined storage platform, is a big bet on virtualized storage services. ViPR borrows from the SDN playbook with a controller and APIs.
May 02, 2013InteropNet, the production network for Interop Las Vegas, is testing and showcasing a variety of technologies, including a network fabric from Avaya and network configuration software from Tail-f Systems.
May 01, 2013Brocade is releasing new hardware and software to support its On-Demand Data Center strategy, which aims to help customers build a more agile, scalable data center for the virtualization age.
May 01, 2013Arista Networks’ 7500E makes switches exciting again. New line cards support 10, 40 and 100GbE mix-and-match ports and offer outstanding port density. Arista’s per-port pricing is also compelling.
April 19, 2013
VMware has contributed plug-ins to the OpenStack Project that guarantees the project's networking platform will recognize and work with virtual machines running under VMware's vSphere management environment and VMware's Nicira Network Virtualization Platform.
VMware acquired startup Nicira last July for $1.26 billion and has made its NVP the basis of future virtualized networking in what it terms "the software-defined data center." The Network Virtualization Platform from Nicira, a leader in OpenFlow network protocol concepts, is also the basis for the Quantum networking platform in OpenStack. Nicira was a heavy contributor to OpenStack before the acquisition, and it remains one now. At the OpenStack Summit on Tuesday, VMware gave these contributions a particular cast. Through close collaboration between Canonical and VMware, they will work inside the Ubuntu distribution of OpenStack, according to VMware's VP of vSphere product management Joshua Goodman.
Suse Linux and Red Hat also have distributions of OpenStack. Red Hat's KVM hypervisor is the one native to the OpenStack cloud open source code. Suse Linux is often cited as the version that works most closely with Windows Server and its hypervisor, Hyper-V. Both are keen competitors of VMware's ESX Server.
The move also reflects VMware's growing realization that it is likely to need to live with many OpenStack implementations in the future, despite its early hopes that its own cloud software stack, the vCloud Director suite, would be the basis of private and public clouds everywhere. The collaboration with Canonical gives it an OpenStack partner that is less an immediate competitor than either Red Hat or Suse.