Unveiling the Final Piece of the Virtualization Puzzle

December 18th, 2013
Rick Nelson
Director of Network Solutions

Major network vendors are working toward the Open Standards-based Software Defined Network (SDN) that will be the final piece of the virtualization puzzle for the majority of data centers. This will allow for the true vision of Software Defined Environments (SDEs), which will tie together internal data center clouds, external or outsourced clouds, and hybrid cloud environment.

IBM, HP, VMware, and many others are talking about SDE in the data center, and predict that in the very near future all data centers will be run in these environments. “Cloud” is the old buzzword; “SDE” is the new one, referring to hybrid environments of public and private clouds or data centers.

SDE is the evolution of creating more easily managed operations around data centers and between data centers or cloud environments. The key is the management software and full integration of all aspects of data center computing, including the network, which has traditionally not been a part of virtualized servers and storage in an obvious way.

What’s Network Virtualization? Network Virtualization (NV) creates logical, virtual networks that are decoupled from the underlying network hardware to ensure that the network can better integrate with and support increasingly virtual environments. Over the past decade, organizations have been adopting virtualization technologies at an accelerated rate in order to take advantage of the efficiencies and agility of software-based compute and storage resources. While networks have been moving toward greater virtualization, it is only recently, with the true decoupling of the control and forwarding planes, as advocated by SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV), that network virtualization has become more of a focus.

Mainline can provide education to you on SDN and SDE and the most promising products in this space from vendors such as VMware, IBM, HP, Juniper, Brocade, Cisco, and others. These vendors already offer components that are SDN compatible and are built around OpenFlow Standards. More important than the products we sell is our ability and desire to analyze and understand your environment.

The real underpinnings of any software defined environment are the network and the ability to manage it effectively within the context of a single management system. We want you to understand that this technology is coming quickly, and we predict that within a few years it will be the way in which all data centers are managed. Hardware platforms will become even more of a commodity than they are now, as the software improves to ensure that they are managed effectively.

Start having these conversations now. Reach out to your Mainline representative or call us at 866.490.MAIN(6246) so that you, too, can achieve the final piece of the virtualization puzzle — Software Defined Network.

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