As organizations embark on the journey to a more dynamic datacenter, they often start by adopting application virtualization or processing virtualization technology. Once they experience the benefits of these tools, the next step is often looking for ways to automate, orchestrate and optimize the environment.
If they haven't also virtualized both the storage that their workloads use and the underlying networks, they discover that it's hard to migrate workloads without having a dynamic infrastructure underneath. Suppliers such as Cassatt or Scalent Systems would say that their software technology can do the whole job. Dan Tuchler, VP, Product Management & Strategy of Blade Networks Technologies would say that it would be much, much easier, more reliable and more secure if the network infrastructure helped (see BLADE Networks and Network Virtualization for more information on the company.
To that end, Blade Networks recently announced that they've enhanced the intellgence of their network infrastructure by offering VMready™, software that automates networks to support virtual machine migration. The product supports nearly all of the major virtual machine software offerings including VMware ESX Server, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V.
With this software, the network becomes aware of virtual servers, their requirements for quality of service, what VLANs they're working with and the security requirements for that workload. As virtual machine orchestration or migration software moves the virtual machine from one host to another to optimize the environment, the network automatically adjusts itself without requiring manual intervention.
As IT architects are designing an organization's next generation datacenter, capabilities, such as those being offered by Blade Networks, are critical.