Juniper Networks on Tuesday extended its partnership with VMWare with a focus on further unifying virtual and physical networks within a datacentre to ensure that customers can more easily migrate to a Software Defined Network (SDN).
Increasingly, enterprises are looking to SDN and network virtualisation as a means of easily deploying, managing, and orchestrating public and private cloud networks and VMware integration across Juniper’s switching, routing and security products is set to accelerate the transition to SDN in the datacentre through Network Virtualisation.
The deal, which will include VMware’s NSX L2 Gateway integration and VXLAN routing capabilities across access, aggregation, core and edge tiers of the datacentre network, will offer enterprise customers seamless management of workflows across virtualised and non-virtualised systems. Juniper Networks’ VXLAN routing and gateway capabilities enable both intra- and inter-datacentre solutions and accelerate the transition to SDN.
Juniper said it is working closely with VMware to develop a broad range of networking solutions that will deliver VMware NSX Layer 2 Gateway functionality to programmatically enable connectivity between virtual and physical network environments across Juniper’s EX Series and QFX Series core, aggregation and access switching platforms, and MX Series edge routers. The upgrades should be generally available in mid-2014.
In the near term, Juniper is developing a validated reference architecture that provides customers with a proven methodology for architecting and building out a simplified, integrated network framework to support virtualised datacentres. This blueprint, which is expected to be available later this year, will outline technology requirements, best practices and recommended approaches for successfully building a network foundation to support a number of advanced capabilities such as predictable application behaviour, streamlined workflow-based configuration and quality of service across physical and virtual networks with ease.
“Network virtualisation is rapidly transforming virtual data centres today, and as enterprises seek to simplify IT by accelerating their use of private and hybrid cloud environments, physical and virtual networks must be viewed and managed as a single unified infrastructure,” said Hatem Naguib, vice president, Cloud Networking and Security, VMware.