From my perspective, Cisco continues to be a fun place to work for a couple of reasons. First of all, we have a company full of really smart geeks with networking chops second to none. Second, we have the freedom to push boundaries and find ways to make our customers’ lives easier.
Bring those two together and you get some interesting results, like the new VXLAN technology we announced at VMworld today. Working with industry notables, Cisco contributed our networking smarts to help develop a technology that will make a big difference for our customers who want to build clouds. VXLAN is the basis of a scalable cloud network where lots of logical networks (over 16M, courtesy of a 24 bit of logical network identifier) can be created instantly to meet the needs of the even the most complex and dynamic cloud. Indeed, the technology even pushes the boundary of virtual machine migration beyond a layer 2 domain. A group of networking and server virtualization companies have submitted a joint proposal to the IETF to have the VXLAN technology standardized.
To read the IETF submittal, click here. To learn more about why VXLAN should be part of you cloud plans, read this white paper. If you are at VMworld, by all means, swing by the Cisco or VMware booth to see a demo and get your questions answered.
If you are interested in putting VXLAN to test, stay tuned for the upcoming 1.5 release of Nexus 1000V (entering beta in September 2011).
Look for more posts on the topic, but, in the interim, if you have questions, post them here and we’ll get them answered.