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Blade Network Technologies delivers next-generation VMready switches for leap to virtual machine-aware networking across datacentres

Blade Network Technologies, a trusted leader in datacentre networking, has announced that its VMready capable Ethernet switches can now manage thousands of virtual machines across massively scalable datacentre networks.
 
Blade’s VMready, with its NMotion capability, is the industry’s first and only virtual machine mobility solution that detects virtual machine migrations as they occur, across all vSphere licence levels, and works on physical switches without proprietary packet tagging.
 
The company's VMready Ethernet switches work seamlessly with VMware vCenter Server to manage VMware vNetwork distributed virtual switches, linking virtual machines to the physical network’s policies and profiles.
 
“Virtual machine mobility is an important tool for optimising datacentre performance, availability and efficiency,” said Joe Skorupa, research vice president of datacentre networking and communications at Gartner.

“However, to ensure consistent performance and security, network connectivity and policies must automatically migrate with the virtual machines.”

Blade’s VMready addresses the issues of scalability, vendor lock-in, need to purchase a replacement virtual switch and infrastructure disruption. The product automatically preserves security, performance and access policies as virtual machines migrate across datacentres.

Used in conjunction with Layer 2 tunnelling and BladeHarmony Manager 5.0, VMready enables virtual machines to migrate across and between datacentres in a Layer 2 network consisting of 100,000 or more virtual machines.

In a customer proof-of-concept, Blade and Juniper Networks have demonstrated VMready’s ability to migrate virtual machines and move their associated network policies automatically between datacentres using Blade RackSwitch G8124 and a secure, standards-based Juniper core network that delivers low latency.

“Blade believes 2010 will be the year of the virtual machine aware network as enterprises move to revamp their datacentres to prepare for massive virtualisation,” said Peter Hall, Blade's Asia Pacific vice president and general manager.

“Networking vendors are taking vastly different approaches to equipping datacentre networks for the demands of virtualisation.

"Blade offers datacentres a new, open and automated solution that doesn’t consume server overhead, slow down network performance, require proprietary packet tagging that works only in VMware environments or necessitate an expensive overhaul of existing VMware environments.”

Parag Patel, vice president of alliances at VMware, added VMready integrates with VMware vCenter Server enabling customers to configure the networks of virtual machines on both VMware vSphere vSwitches and physical VMready switches to help ensure network security, quality of service and proper configurations are implemented to increase efficiency, performance and reliability.

Published Tuesday, May 04, 2010 5:49 AM by David Marshall
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