VMware, Cisco engineering units team up on next-gen cloud infrastructure

Summary:VMware and Cisco engineering teams are preparing to work together to build for software-defined datacenters with an "unprecedented coupling" of virtual and physical infrastructure.

Cisco and VMware are extending their partnership amid VMworld 2012 this week with more integration aimed at the software-defined datacenter.

That was a popular topic during the morning keynote session with the introduction of vCloud Suite 5.1, an architecture for implementing both public and private clouds.

Cisco and VMware execs are describing the software-defined datacenter as part of the next-generation of cloud infrastructures, with Cisco executive vice president Rob Lloyd positing in prepared remarks that the "next-generation datacenter will enable customers to capture the value of VMware cloud infrastructure and management stacks along with the next wave of Cisco innovations in hardware, ASICs, systems and network programmability to deliver unprecedented scalability, security, diagnostics and policy management."

Cisco is getting involved as the two forces will promote joint engineering investments for developing technology integration initiatives, which in turn should result in better agile compute and network services, workload and workspace mobility, end-to-end visibility, and ease of troubleshooting across physical and virtual infrastructures.

Some examples of how this will get done include the integration of Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches for multi-tenant services with vCloud Suite 5.1 and other VMware products.

Furthermore, Cisco and VMware will develop Cisco Unified Computing System-based cloud solutions, which will bundle Cisco virtual networking, virtual services and management such as the Nexus 1000V virtual switch with VMware's vSphere 5.1, vCloud Suite 5.1 and other management offerings.


Topics: VMWare, Cisco, Cloud, Virtualization


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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