Interop Wrap-up: Focus on Nexus 1000V and Virtual Services

May 11, 2012 - 0 Comments

Well, Interop Las Vegas 2012 has come and gone, and it was another exciting week for us. The folks at TechWiseTV caught up with Prashant Gandhi, our Senior Director of Product Marketing for network virtualization technology, to talk all about the latest innovation in the Nexus 1000V portfolio and where we are heading with what is increasingly becoming a very strategic platform for Cisco. Prashant really hits this interview out of the park, as he ties the whole architecture and recent innovations together very well.

To summarize some of the key points that we are highlighting about the Nexus 1000V and our virtual services portfolio:

  • It’s the third year anniversary for the Nexus 1000V virtual switch and we’re over 5,000 customers to date. An amazing journey as Prashant says.
  • When customers deploy a virtual workload, they really need layer 2 policies, layer 3 policies, firewall policies, WAN optimization, and more. The architecture provides all these services and consistency with the physical network from Layer 1 through 7.
  • The new vPath 2.0 in the Nexus 1000V provides greater intelligence to insert virtual services into the network and maintain policies on virtual machines as they move between servers and data centers.
  • Extending the “mobility diameter”, meaning how far and over how many resources can you share and move workloads. The greater the diameter, the more sharing and more cost reduction and flexibility. We are extending this range with technologies like VXLAN, which is the scalable version of VLAN, and OTV can take it between data centers.
  • Nexus 1000V products will be running on more than just the VMware hypervisor as we come out with support for Microsoft’s Hyper-V on Windows 8 Server later this year

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