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2010 Virtualization Predictions - The Year the Network Becomes Fluid and Virtual

What do Virtualization and Cloud executives think about 2010?  Find out in this series exclusive. 

Article contributed by Harley Stowell, Founder and CEO of Linesider Technologies 

2010 Virtualization Predictions - The Year the Network Becomes Fluid and Virtual

2010 is the year that the network stack will become virtual. In the same way VMware virtualizes servers, the network infrastructure and devices will be virtualized and become dynamic and fluid.

Datacenters, users and applications have all become fluid resources in this new flexible computing models such as cloud, however the network was not designed for this new dynamic reality.

The network is still static.

Every time an application, computer (physical or virtual) or storage resource changes in the virtual datacenter, there needs to be some type of manual intervention to provision network services and repair broken security and access models. The gains enabled by server virtualization are diminished by network operating overhead.

In fact one of the biggest challenges facing large virtual computing and cloud deployments is the enormous amount of operational time spent on creating and modifying network connectivity, data center access while maintaining security to support virtual computing. This is especially true in cloud environments where virtual devices are being added, moved or changed regularly between physical locations or network segments.

To make matters worse, network access and security models are being exposed as the weak link in virtualized environments. It is becoming harder and harder to know what data is being accessed and by whom. This places an enormous burden on enterprise network and security teams and existing infrastructure management tools that define and maintain access and security models in these highly fluid environments.  In many cases, the cost of operational support activities to maintain access and security are a significant burden to IT budgets already stretched thin.

Virtualizing the network provides the similar benefits as server virtualization through abstraction and automation;

  • Increased operational flexibility - The network becomes fluid and dynamic enabling organizations to quickly respond to market changes and changes in the computing environment.
  • Leverage existing network resources - Network virtualization provides more efficiency, utilization, and flexibility of your existing assets.
  • Improve operational efficiency - Reduce operational costs and increase security, manageability and scalability by abstracting and automating network services.

The bottom line: In 2010, the network is going to become as fluid and dynamic as the data center is today. LineSider's OverDrive abstracts and virtualizes network infrastructure into a comprehensive network service model, making the network available for automation response to changes occurring to dynamic resources such as users, applications, virtual compute, physical compute and storage.

About the Author

Harley Stowell is CEO and Founder of LineSider Technologies. Prior to founding LineSider Technologies, Mr. Stowell was co-founder and CEO of LineSider Communications (acquired in 2005), a leading international provider of managed, secure IP voice and data communications for businesses. Prior to LineSider Communications, Mr. Stowell was CEO of PfN Technologies, a leading developer of IP network software and VPN systems for enterprise and network service provider markets. Mr. Stowell was also President and a General Partner of Venture Quest Capital (VQC), the original backer of PfN, where he managed investments in companies developing network applications, software and infrastructure technology.

Published Monday, December 07, 2009 5:58 AM by David Marshall
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