VMware Announces VMware NSX in a Move Towards SDDC

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VMware Announces VMware NSX in a Move Towards SDDCVMware Announces VMware NSX in a Move Towards SDDCIn an effort to advance VMware’s software-defined data center vision, the company plans to combine its vCloud Networking and Security, and Nicira NVP products creating VMware NSX.

VMware’s next evolutionary step in virtualization and cloud computingcenters around software-defined data center (SDDC), which the company is planning to deliver through its upcoming solution, VMware NSX.  Last week, VMware’s new CEO Pat Gelsinger revealed the company’s corporate strategy for 2013 announcing VMware NSX as its first priority.

According to VMware, the new product family will work “across VMware and non-VMware hypervisors and cloud management systems, as well as any underlying networking hardware.”  VMware NSX will be built on VMware’s vCloud Networking and Security product line combined with the company’s recent acquisition of Nicira Network Virtualization Platform (NVP). The VMware NSX platform is set to comprise of NSX manager, controller cluster, hypervisor vSwitches, gateways and ecosystem partners.

A software-defined data center offers huge advantages to businesses. Virtualizing the entire infrastructure and delivering it as a service through network, server and storage virtualization reduces complexity, increases efficiency and lowers costs. SDDC is all about automating as many of the tasks that are performed manually in a traditional data center as possible. VMware’s product strategy for 2013 brings the company’s solutions one step closer to SDDC.

Gelsinger also announced VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, another extension to its software-defined data center solutions. The new vCloud Hybrid Service will allow nearly half a million customers to “reap the benefits of the public cloud without changing their existing applications while using a common management, orchestration, networking and security model.”

VMware NSX is expected to launch in the second half of 2013, with a possible release aligned with the company’s annual VMworld conference; VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will launch before the end of the year.

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