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Announcement :Red Hat RHEL 6.0, Cisco UCS and VN-Link

June 23, 2010 - 0 Comments

Cisco Ed Bugnion, VP and CTO of the Server Access Virtualization Business Unit , announced today in Boston at the Red Hat Summit a stronger collaboration between the two companies  , with the upcoming support in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0 on top of the Unified Computing System (UCS) of Cisco VN-Link technology (virtualization Awareness)
“Virtualization has been a big trend in IT over the past years”  said Ed Bugnion  “ not only from a software perspective but also for the underlined  hardware infrastructure – Our strategy  at Cisco is to accelerate the transition to a more virtualized data center environment. In that context we have been working  very closely with Red Hat  to combine the innovation that Red Hat is providing with the open source hypervisor with the innovation we have in UCS . Today we deliver a solution which provides better manageability, visibility and better performance for deployment of virtual machines “

“In collaborating with Red Hat and the open source community, Cisco creates the ability to have  a virtual interface associated with the virtual machine. Now for the first time the UCS Manager can see into a virtual machine the traffic generated and see them as points of switching on the fabric “ added Shrijeet Mukherjee, Cisco Engineering manager   UCS Virtual Interface Card

“At Travelport, we have deployed the Cisco Unified Computing System to reduce our IT footprint and deploy both virtualized and non-virtualized applications more quickly, which is essential in the dynamic travel industry,” said Steven Senecal, manager, global server engineering at Travelport, a broad-based business services company and a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions to companies operating in the global travel industry. “As the Linux market grows, the integration between Cisco’s VN-Link technology and Red Hat’s KVM hypervisor represents a high-performance virtualization offering for the open source market from two industry leaders, and expands the choices for deploying virtualization on Linux platforms while enabling the same level of security and policy for virtual machines that exists for physical servers.” 

That’s definitely  great news for the open source community , but more importantly this announcement demonstrates again the willingness of Cisco to deliver a platform ready to work in an heterogeneous  environment, and the strong commitment to keep leading the necessary transition of the data centers to a virtualized infrastructure  in providing integrated platforms for both physical and virtual environments.  

For more details  on the announcement , read also   Red Hat and Cisco Expand Relationship with Virtualization Technology Integration 

For Ed Bugnion keynotes speech at Red Hat Summit  click here  

More information on the Unified Computing Systems  are available here 

For more information on Cisco and Red Hat partnership visit 

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