Networking giant Cisco Systems continues to cater for high capacity clouds after it introduced several new high-speed, cloud-to-cloud-capable network fabric devices.
These new devices are designed to handle all that heavy-duty traffic in hybrid clouds. Indeed, this is all about hybrid clouds and software-defined networking, where much more of the intelligence in the system is housed in the networking software and hardware, rather than in servers and storage controllers.
These new Cisco products include a high-density, 40Gbit Layer 2/3 fixed switch; new hybrid cloud management software; and new scale-out capabilities for the Cisco Open Network Environment platform, thanks to a new extensible controller.
“These are primarily aimed at hybrid cloud deployments [because these are where most of the expansion currently is], but we also see these being used across to private clouds and to provider public clouds,” David Yen, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Data Center Group, told eWEEK.
“This allows the customer to maximize their productivity – not only from these resources they own, but from new resources they could bring.
The new product set is part of Cisco’s Unified Data Center strategy, which it introduced along with the Unified Computing System back in March 2009. Along with partners EMC (storage), NetApp (storage), VMware (virtualisation software), BMC, Microsoft, Intel and several others, Cisco came up with its own mostly preconfigured data centre system for compute, storage and networking that it has been selling well in the last four years.
Cisco’s unified data centre strategy features open networking, programmability and software-defined networking for all places in the network – including data centre, campus, cloud and service- provider deployments.
Key new products in Cisco’s latest release include the following:
Other new products and services include expanded platform support for Cisco’s onePK developer environment with Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000 and ASR 9000; new packages for overlay networks, including Nexus 1000V support for VXLAN Gateway; Nexus 1000V support for Hyper-V and integration with Microsoft System Center VM Manager; a virtual Network Analysis Module (vNAM) for network analysis and monitoring of virtualised and cloud workloads; and expanded platform support for OpenFlow with Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000, ASR 9000 and Catalyst 6500.
These new products will be available by the second quarter, Yen said.
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Originally published on eWeek.
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