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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 14:13

HP and VMware collaborate to simplify software-defined data centre and hybrid cloud adoption

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HP-VMware Networking Solution unifies automation across physical and virtual networks and help streamline enterprise adoption of OpenStack.


HP and VMware announced the expansion of a long-standing relationship to help businesses to put together the software-defined data centre and hybrid cloud, additionally HP has also announced the general availability of both the standalone HP-VMware networking solution, as well as the solution delivered as part of HP Converged Systems.


The companies also announced that HP’s Helion OpenStack will support enterprise-class VMware virtualisation technologies.


Both businesses are currently working towards simplifying some of the problem areas for IT businesses namely, the building and managing of hybrid cloud solutions. The first steps to this are the releases today, which will create solutions that can be virtualised, delivered as a service on a private, hybrid or public cloud and controlled by software. With the intention to create the software-defined data centre.


Commenting on the reasons for the move to the software-defined data centre Bill Hilf, Senior Vice President, Cloud Products and Services, HP said “Enterprise customers have given clear and strong direction that they need solutions to enable them to build hybrid cloud environments that leverage their existing investments and provide choice and flexibility in the future.” A position backed up by Raghu Raghuram, Executive Vice President, SDDC Division, VMware. “VMware believes the software-defined data center is inevitable, and is teaming up with HP to drive innovation and simplify adoption of open, software-defined technologies in the enterprise,”


Industry-First Federated Networking Solution


The HP-VMware networking solution is described by the partnership as “the industry’s first federated networking solution, designed to provide customers unified automation of, and visibility into, their physical and virtual data centre networks, enabling business agility and improving business continuity.”


The solution federates the HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller with the VMware NSX network virtualisation platform to provide users with an integrated approach to automating the physical and virtual network infrastructure. The networking solution provides a centralised view, unified automation, visibility and control of the complete data centre network, improving agility, monitoring and troubleshooting.


In addition, the HP-VMware networking solution combined with HP Converged Systems for Virtualisation and HP OneView automates the provisioning and management of physical and virtual infrastructure resources for more efficient and agile delivery and operation of IT services.


Simplifying Deployment of OpenStack Technology in the Enterprise


The new OpenStack framework provides application development teams with programmatic access to the infrastructure. OpenStack technology allows IT to deliver a public-cloud-like API experience to their developers on their private cloud, without necessarily giving up control of their infrastructure to the public cloud.


HP and VMware are long-standing contributors to the OpenStack community, and with its soon to be released HP Helion OpenStack commercial distribution, HP intends to provide an enterprise-grade OpenStack software solution for customers to adopt in private, public and managed cloud environments.  


The commercial release of HP Helion OpenStack will support VMware vSphere and at a later date VMware NSX network virtualisation.


Commenting on the Helion release Raghuram, said “Customers will be able to combine HP Helion OpenStack with VMware’s enterprise-class infrastructure including VMware vSphere and VMware NSX to achieve production-grade OpenStack deployments. Our integrated network virtualization and SDN solution will help customers achieve a completely new operational model for networking that enables data centre operators to achieve orders of magnitude better agility and improved economics.”

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