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HP and VMware collaborate on federated network solution
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HP and VMware collaborate on federated network solution 

The new HP-VMware networking solution will federate the HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to provide an integrated approach to automating physical and virtual network infrastructure. HP and VMware’s networking solution will provide a centralized view, unified automation, visibility and control of the complete data centre network, which HP and VMware hope will improve agility, monitoring and troubleshooting.

Data centre operators will be interested in this new solution because it promises to eliminate manual configuration of both the physical and virtual data centre networks through interoperable automated orchestration of policies. It also will create a single view of the network at the physical and virtual levels. 

In addition, HP’s Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller will include support for VMware Open vSwitch Database management protocol. This enables HP FlexFabric switches to participate in the automated provisioning of the virtual network, which will be delivered by VMware’s NSX network virtualization platform.

“Networks must be agile enough to enable the adoption of cloud and mobility while ensuring continuity,” said Bethany Mayer, SVP and GM, Networking, HP. “Building upon our SDN leadership, the HP-VMware networking solution unifies visibility and automation of the physical and virtual network with a common control plane, enabling new applicationand service delivery in minutes rather than months.”

Stephen Mullaney, SVP and GM, networking and security business unit, VMware, echoed Mayer’s sentiments. “By collaborating with HP on a federated networking solution, we will help our joint customers create a unified network operations model that will radically simplify IT in the software-defined data center,” he said. 

HP and VMware will demonstrate their federated network solution at VMworld this week in San Francisco. The companies expect to make it available in the second half of 2014.

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