VMware Advances Networking for the Digital Era with the Virtual Cloud Network
Broad Industry support for VMware’s vision for an end-to-end software-defined network architecture across the business fabric
VMware NSX networking and security portfolio will deliver consistent, pervasive connectivity and security for traditional and modern apps today across Data Center, Branch, Cloud, and Edge
Note from the CSA Editor: CSA were lucky enough to be in Las Vegas to get an advance screening of some of the details in the announcement directly from Pat Gelsinger, when the VMware CEO took the stage at Dell Technology World in Las Vegas. This press release contains a lot of details demonstrating just how important secure software defined networking is not just for VMware but for all seven of the Dell Technology companies as they look for ways to be “better together”.
Our takeaway from Mr Gelsinger’s address was that NSX is going to become an underlying core technology of many Dell Technology solutions in the future. We already see it underpinning collaborative solutions such as Pivotal Container Service and securing a pathway to public clouds like Azure and IBM Cloud. So, whilst the details below are important, perhaps more important is the long-term vision for NSX as part of the Dell Technology family.
LAS VEGAS – May 1, 2018 – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today outlined its vision for the future of networking, and unveiled the Virtual Cloud Network. The Virtual Cloud Network will enable organizations to create a digital business fabric for connecting and securing applications, data, and users across the entire network in a hyper- distributed world.
To deliver on this vision, VMware announced the VMware NSX networking and security portfolio to enable consistent, pervasive connectivity and security for apps and data across software- defined data center, branch, cloud, and telco environments. Global leaders in digital transformation and technology innovation demonstrated support for VMware’s vision and NSX portfolio launch (see below).
The NSX portfolio will include new capabilities that include:
VMware NSX SD-WAN integration with VMware NSX Data Center and VMware NSX Cloud, representing integration of VMware’s recent acquisition of VeloCloud
NSX Cloud support for applications running in Microsoft Azure
NSX Data Center support for containerized cloud-native and bare metal applications
Telco/NFV and networking performance optimizations for distributed workloads in NSX Data Center
“The future of networking is software, and the network of the future is the Virtual Cloud Network,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, products and services, VMware. “VMware is helping customers today to build tomorrow’s software-defined Virtual Cloud Networks to connect and secure apps and users. And with the new NSX networking and security portfolio, we are helping customers build a Virtual Cloud Network today through a software- based digital business fabric that is flexible, programmable and inherently secure network.”
Virtual Cloud Network: A New Network Approach for the Next 20 Years Organizations are embarking on digital transformation to create better experiences for customers, clients, and employees, and drive better business outcomes. These efforts introduce a new level of networking and security complexity as organizations move from centralized data centers, to hyper distributed applications and centers of data at the edge. “As enterprises choose to run more applications in public clouds, the parameters of the datacenter are being redrawn. In practical terms, the datacenter – where applications and data reside – is no longer exclusively an on-premises entity,” said Brad Casemore, IDC's Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks, IDC. “It’s now inherently distributed, and that means the networks that support and deliver increasingly critical applications must be similarly transformed. With its vision for the Virtual Cloud Network,
|VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger explains to a packed house how his team is building a new network approach for the next 20 years.|
VMware is responding to the growing enterprise need for consistent network and security policy that supports applications regardless of where they reside and irrespective of the infrastructure on which they run and the transports that they use.”The Virtual Cloud Network is VMware’s vision for enabling businesses to connect, secure, and optimize the delivery of applications and data in an era when a the majority of workloads exist outside the data center. With a Virtual Cloud Network, customers will be able to create an end- to-end software-based network architecture that can deliver services to applications and data, wherever they are located. The Virtual Cloud Network will operate at global scale from edge to edge, and deliver consistent, pervasive connectivity and security for apps and data independent of underlying physical infrastructure or location. The Virtual Cloud Network will enable organizations to streamline the journey to digital business, and take full advantage of digital transformation, by unlocking value from today’s current networking technologies and significantly reducing network complexity.
VMware Advances Business Transformation with Networking and Security in Software
The VMware NSX networking and security portfolio provides a common operating environment to connect, secure and operate a Virtual Cloud Network. The portfolio will include new and enhanced capabilities for data center, branch, cloud and telco environments, and will advance support for traditional and modern application frameworks. With the VMware NSX portfolio, customers will be able to manage consistent networking and security across private data centers, AWS, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud.
Network Virtualization: VMware NSX Data Center is the industry’s most widely deployed network virtualization platform for the enterprise data center, adopted by more than 4,500 customers globally. NSX Data Center enables customers to design, build, and operate next- generation policy driven data centers that connect, secure, and automate traditional and modern applications, and help protect applications and data through security that is an intrinsic part of the infrastructure. With the latest update, NSX Data Center will include new container and bare metal capabilities that will provide consistent networking services to all applications and deployment models. Container integration rapid-releases will bring global security and more to new app platforms (e.g. PKS). VMware is also adding new accelerated performance optimizations for distributed workloads, which will be ideal for telco/network functions virtualization environments.
Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN): VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud is the market-leading SD-WAN solution that combines the economics and flexibility of the best real-time network overlay with the deployment speed, scale and automation of cloud- delivered services. With NSX SD-WAN, customers can deliver better cloud and application performance with full visibility, metrics, control, and automation of all device and user endpoints, with lower overall costs. NSX SD-WAN integrates with NSX Data Center and NSX Cloud, enabling customers to extend consistent networking and security policies from the data center to the branch to the cloud, while providing operational visibility and control end-to-end. NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud provides an extensible platform for enterprises and telcos to integrate both on-premises and cloud services under the same consistent business policy framework. NSX SD-WAN is available to customers in three ways. Customers can purchase NSX-SD-WAN as a service from VMware, or from more than 60 communication service providers worldwide. NSX SD-WAN is also available as an on-premises deployable solution. More than 2,000 customers have adopted NSX SD-WAN to date.
Multi-Cloud Networking: VMware NSX Cloud provides consistent networking and security for applications running in both private VMware-based data centers and natively in public clouds. NSX Cloud addresses operational challenges inherent with using multiple public clouds, such as inconsistent policies and constructs across clouds; manual operations requiring policy for each cloud, region, and VPC: limited operational visibility into East-West traffic; and operations tools that are specific to each public cloud. With the latest release of NSX Cloud, VMware will add new native controls for customers that are using Microsoft Azure as part of their multi-cloud strategy.
Hybrid Cloud Connectivity: VMware NSX Hybrid Connect enables customers to solve one of the biggest challenges with hybrid cloud– consistent networking. VMware NSX Hybrid Connect enables customers to create a consistent, highly performant, and more secure software fabric that interconnects data centers and clouds while maintaining the same governance and control. With NSX Hybrid Connect, customers can seamlessly migrate workloads from any VMware environment to a modern software-defined data center environment running anywhere—on-premises, in the public cloud, or operated by a VMware Cloud Provider partner. NSX Hybrid Connect is available direct from VMware and through system integrator and cloud provider partners.
Network Operations, Management and Visibility VMware enables customers to create a complete closed loop, intent-based system that delivers performance feedback through operational automation with 360-degree visibility, and fast remediation capabilities through proactive and predictive analytics. VMware vRealize Network Insight provides customers full visibility of all components within deployed services across private and public clouds, and virtual and physical environments. The VMware vRealize Suite enables customers to achieve continuous, near real-time data on the health, performance, capacity of network resources, along with prioritized alert notifications for closed-loop integration into resource and service orchestration workflows.
All new capabilities announced today across the VMware NSX portfolio are expected to be generally available in VMware’s fiscal Q2 FY 2019 (May 5, 2018 – August 3, 2019).