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Nexus 1000V Customer Testimonial from Cloud Provider Secure-24

October 11, 2011
at 9:42 am PST

This video captures one of the most compelling customer testimonials to date for our Nexus 1000V virtual switch, as we sit down with Sean Donaldson, Director of IT Infrastructure at Secure-24. Secure-24 provides managed hosting and private cloud computing for the enterprise level, business critical applications of large enterprise and middle-market companies.

As Donaldson says, “The Nexus 1000V really filled a large technology gap between giving the network team full control of both network functionality and security all the way up to the virtual machine interface. Some of the advantages we see are the consistency between port profiles, security, management, monitoring and availability that we’ve never had before in a virtual environment.”

Today, Nexus 1000V customers like Secure 24 have embraced the soft switch as a means to take advantage of the flexibility and efficiency of a virtualized environment while retaining the security and familiar configuration of traditional switches.

For those of you not as familiar with our virtual switch, the inspiration for the Nexus 1000V began back in 2005-2006 when a team of Cisco engineers realized that customers were already starting to deploy server virtualization on small scales. However, they were still hesitant to deploy on larger scales because, at the time, the virtual network infrastructure could not be secured like a physical one. For more historical perspective, read Omar Sultan‘s blog post on the history of the Nexus 1000V, including the hilarious story of how the original codename of Swordfish came to be.

More recently, Cisco has announced that we will be offering the Nexus 1000V on Microsoft’s Windows 8 Server hypervisor, Hyper-V, when it ships in 2012. This will extend our platform beyond the VMware hypervisor which it currently runs on today. For a great perspective on this announcement, see John Oltsik’s Network World article, “Microsoft Hyper-V and Cisco Nexus 1000V: A Proverbial Win-Win“.

To hear more about our evolution and plans for the Nexus 1000V, we encourage you to register for our live customer webcast, “Evolutionary Fabric, Revolutionary Scale”, on October 25 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. We hope to see you there.

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