VMware Takes on Cisco & Juniper With Network Vision
LAS VEGAS — @DellTechnologies World — @VMware threw down the gauntlet to @Cisco and @Juniper on Tuesday, outlining a vision for a unified network architecture that spans the on-premises #datacenter, enterprise branches, Internet of Things, as well as multiple #publiccloud providers. While some of the pieces are new, most of the architecture is comprises existing technologies from VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), some going back nearly a decade. But it’s the most complete, unified vision that VMware has yet offered of how those pieces fit together, including the role played by @VeloCloud, the #SDWAN vendor acquired by VMware in December. (See VMware Acquiring SD-WAN Startup VeloCloud Networks.) New pieces include a deal with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) to extend VMware networks to Azure cloud, following a similar deal with Amazon Web Services Inc. last year. (See Following Amazon Partnership, VMware Is a Cloud Company Now.) Additionally, NSX Data Center now supports workloads on Pivotal, Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift, with enhanced performance for telco NFV and higher-end enterprise applications, as well as support for bare metal Linux. “Our VMware strategy in a nutshell is any device, and any application, on any cloud,” VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a keynote address at Dell Technologies World on Monday afternoon. VMware and its competitors got their start in the era when data centers were at the center of the enterprise, with branch offices connecting to the enterprise data center, and doing so via SD-WAN. But now, the enterprise data center isn’t the center anymore — it’s one nexus of data and applications among many. Data and applications reside on the Internet of Things. They reside in branch business locations, such as chain restaurants, retail stores and oil rigs. They reside on the public cloud. All of that needs to be connected, and backhauling over MPLS is too expensive and rigid, said Rajiv Ramaswami, VMware COO products and cloud services, previewing VMware’s announcement on a webinar with tech journalists last week. The IoT, in particular, stretches the boundaries of the network and IT infrastructure, Gelsinger said. “IoT is a powerful force that’s just beginning to emerge that will drive your resources to the edge,” he said. “IoT is where the digital world meets the physical world.” Networks need to be programmable, flexible and elastic, adapting to real-time business needs, and scalable to manage varying workloads from the core to the edge, Gelsinger said.