Cisco to collaborate with Microsoft to accelerate innovation in data center virtualization


Cisco announced it is collaborating with Microsoft to
deliver data center virtualization solutions designed to provide improved
scalability and operational control of Microsoft Windows Server “8”
virtual environments.


The Cisco
Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch and the Cisco Unified Computing System
with Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) capabilities will work with the
Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisor to provide customers with advanced Cisco
networking features that are constant across both virtual and physical networks
while supporting customers’ existing IT management processes.


The Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch adds the
dynamic provisioning and management capabilities of Cisco NX-OS Software to
Windows Server Hyper-V to simplify the operations of virtual networking
infrastructures as extensions of physical networks. It also provides full
VM-level visibility, security controls in a virtualized environment that are
consistent with their Cisco physical network.


Cisco’s policy enforcement, automated provisioning and
diagnostics features are available through Cisco Nexus 1000V, and will help IT
administrators to rapidly deploy virtual workloads in Windows Server Hyper-V
environments and scale to very large data centers.


By working with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine
Manager (VMM) management tools, the Cisco Nexus 1000V will help network,
virtualization and server administrators gain efficiency in collaboratively
managing multi-tenant and mobile virtual environments. It also helps them to
obtain accurate, real-time data for troubleshooting of virtual environments.


Through integration with Cisco’s security software
(Virtual Security Gateway and Virtual ASA), application optimization software
(Virtual Wide Area Application Services) and network monitoring software
(Network Analysis Module), the Nexus 1000V provides granular
virtual-machine-level security and application acceleration for multi-tenant
environments, as well as actionable VM-to-VM activity monitoring and reporting.


“Cisco Unified Computing System scalability and
memory density make it an ideal system for customers as they explore the many
new virtualization features of Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V,” said Jackie
Ross, vice president of Server, Access, and Virtualization Technology Group for


“Together, Nexus 1000V and VM-FEX with Windows
Server Hyper-V will provide the advanced controls and consistency with
simplified management to help accelerate customers’ journey to the cloud,”
Ross added.


“Today’s announcement of the Cisco Nexus 1000V and
VM-FEX working together with Microsoft Hyper-V aligns with our strategy of
delivering advanced components so that customers can deploy an end-to-end virtualized
data center and simplify how they deliver and manage IT services to their
clients,” said Mike Schutz, senior director of Windows Server and
Virtualization for Microsoft.


Cisco recently announced that Telenor Satellite
Broadcasting AS (TSBc) selected
Cisco to power the company’s new encoding platform for Web-based TV.


This will enable Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s
customers to deliver their channel offerings across any number of screens.


By Team
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