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VMware announces new solutions for advanced networking

03 May 2018

VMware has unveiled the Virtual Cloud Network for enabling organisations to create a digital business fabric for connecting and securing applications, data, and users across the entire network in a hyper-distributed world.

To add to this, the company announced the NSX networking and security portfolio to enable consistent, pervasive connectivity and security for apps and data across software-defined data centre, branch, cloud, and telco environments.

The NSX portfolio includes investments of resources to deliver new capabilities that include NSX SD-WAN integration with VMware NSX Data Centre and VMware NSX Cloud, NSX Cloud support for applications running in Microsoft Azure, NSX Data Centre support for containerised cloud-native and bare metal applications, and telco/NFV and networking performance optimisations for distributed workloads in NSX Data Centre.

“The future of networking is software, and the network of the future is the Virtual Cloud Network,” says VMware products and cloud services chief operating officer Rajiv Ramaswami.

“VMware is helping customers today to build tomorrow’s software-defined Virtual Cloud Networks to connect and secure apps and users. And with the new NSX networking and security portfolio, we are helping customers build a Virtual Cloud Network today through a software-based digital business fabric that is flexible, programmable and inherently more secure network.”

“As enterprises choose to run more applications in public clouds, the parameters of the data centre are being redrawn. In practical terms, the datacenter – where applications and data reside – is no longer exclusively an on-premises entity,” says IDC data centre networks research vice president Brad Casemore.

“It’s now inherently distributed, and that means the networks that support and deliver increasingly critical applications must be similarly transformed. With its vision for the Virtual Cloud Network, VMware is responding to the growing enterprise need for consistent network and security policy that supports applications regardless of where they reside and irrespective of the infrastructure on which they run and the transports that they use.”

Organisations are embarking on digital transformation to create better experiences for customers, clients, and employees, and drive better business outcomes.

These efforts introduce a new level of networking and security complexity as organisations move from centralised data centres to hyper-distributed applications and centres of data at the edge.

The Virtual Cloud Network will enable businesses to connect, secure, and optimise the delivery of applications and data in an era when a majority of workloads exist outside the data centre.

VMware says that customers will be able to create an end-to-end software-based network architecture that can deliver services to applications and data, wherever they are located.

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