In conjunction with the newly expanded partnership with Citrix, Cisco demonstrated its Nexus 1000V virtual switch on the Citrix XenServer virtualization platform based on the Xen hypervisor, with XenCenter integration this week at Citrix Synergy in Barcelona. This is another important milestone in Cisco’s multi-hypervisor strategy for its full Nexus 1000V virtual networking portfolio, following on the heels of our support for Microsoft Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 (currently in beta) and the demonstration of Nexus 1000V on the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) open source hypervisor for Linux at Cisco Live in San Diego earlier this year.
The demonstration at Synergy showed the consistent deployment architecture for the Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch, NX-OS feature-set, operational workflows, and port profile based provisioning of virtual Ethernet ports (vEths) via XenCenter. Two virtual workloads – Ubuntu server and Windows Client – were shown to interact with each other as in the diagram below.
But wait, there’s more… Here’s the network diagram of what was shown in the video demonstration:
In addition to focusing on the integration and support of all the major hypervisors, we are seeing the emergence of complete virtualization stacks that consist not only of the hypervisor, the virtual switch and virtual services, but include the orchestration and cloud management tools to automate the deployment and provisioning of these new cloud networks. Here, again, Cisco is taking a multi-orchestration strategy.
Cisco’s virtual network infrastructure, consisting of the Nexus 1000V virtual switch and Cloud Network Services, a portfolio of virtual application services including vWAAS, ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, Virtual Security Gateway, and virtual Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) supports multiple ecosystems of virtualization and orchestration stacks from leading vendors, partners and open source communities. Cloud Network Services includes best-of-breed third party virtual services as well, like the Imperva SecureSphere Web Application Firewall and now the Citrix NetScaler VPX virtual application delivery controller.
As enterprises and service providers drive towards cloud deployments, they are looking for turnkey platforms to drive the automation and management of their cloud environments. By support the virtual network infrastructure across all of these hypervisor and cloud orchestration stacks, Cisco is leading the way in giving customers choice, flexibility and alternative cost models to build out their clouds the way they see fit.