Before going on to an interview on SiliconAngle.tv and speaking at a Super Session on “How Cisco and VMware Collaborate to Build the Cloud”, Soni Jiandani gave me a couple of minutes to sum up the Cisco innovations announced and on display at VMworld 2011.
Some things Soni mentions:
- Cisco UCS achieved the highest score ever recorded for the VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark with a 21% performance advantage over other identical server core count.
- Introduction of the Virtual eXtensible LAN protocol jointly developed by Cisco and VMware, Broadcom, Arista, Red Hat, and Citrix and submitted as an IETF Internet Draft. VXLAN essentially allows cloud builders and providers to surpass traditional VLAN scale boundaries through MAC-in-UDP. Read more about it in this short white paper.
- New virtual form factor ASA, which provides ASA capabilities such as NAT and VPN in a virtual form factor that can be deployed with the Nexus 1000v as part a secured virtual networking infrastructure for VMs. Read more about the vASA in this Cisco Data Center blog post from Gary Kinghorn.
- Additional integration with vCloud Director to additional automation and role based access to the networking capabilities offered by Cisco’s virtualized networking solutions on VMware.
For complete coverage on data center news and highlights from VMworld 2011, browse through the past week’s entries on the Cisco Data Center blog!