Cisco Systems this week said it was looking for Australian customers to trial the beta version of the Nexus 1000V distributed virtual software switch which it developed with VMware and announced earlier today.
Cisco Systems this week said it was looking for Australian
customers to trial the beta version of the Nexus 1000V distributed
virtual software switch which it developed with VMware and
announced earlier today.
Cisco's Networkers conference has taken over Brisbane this week. (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet.com.au)
"Now that this is announced we'll be welcoming beta customers in
Australia," Pete Nicholls, Cisco business development manager datacentre Asia Pacific said at a media briefing during Cisco
Networkers 2008 in Brisbane this week.
Ideally any customers testing the beta would already be VMware
and Cisco customers, Nicholls told ZDNet.com.au, adding that
customers testing the beta was a good way to rapidly grow the
local awareness and skills base.
Global customers have already begun trialling the new switch,
created via the companies' new-found closeness after Cisco spent
US$150 million in July to buy 1.6 per cent of VMware. However,
until now, Australian customers had not been invited into the
The switch is a Cisco Nexus switch in the form of software
embedded in the VMware hypervisor. According to the company, the
new switch allows network features such as security, policy
enforcement, automated provision and diagnostics features onto
virtual machines as if they were physical machines.
It allows IT managers to manage lots of servers with multiple
virtual machines as one big network and not as separate
environments, Dylan Morison, Cisco datacentre leader for Australia
New Zealand said today.
When customers acquire the VMware software, the switch is an
embedded option which can be switched on. The customer only
requires a device controller which can be purchased through normal
Cisco channels, he said.
The Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed virtual software was scheduled
to be available to customers in the first half of 2009.
Cisco will be proposing the VN-Link technology on the Nexus
1000V to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as a
standard. If successful, this will open the field to other
"I'd be quite interested to see how quickly we might see other
similar type arrangements," Nicholls said. "We don't expect it to
be unique in the long term."
Suzanne Tindal travelled to Brisbane as a guest of Cisco