HP is the latest vendor to detail support for VMware's NSX network virtualisation technology, combining this with its own software-defined networking (SDN) controller platform to offer organisations an integrated way to automate both physical and virtual network infrastructure.
Following the official release of VMware's NSX at the firm's VMworld event in San Francisco this week, partner vendors have been lining up to show how their own offerings will integrate with the platform and its ability to virtualise network capacity and provisioning.
In HP's case this involves federating its HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller with VMware NSX. This integration provides customers with a centralised view of the complete data centre network, delivering automated control for greater agility and improving monitoring and troubleshooting, according to HP.
Bethany Mayer, senior vice president of Networking at HP, said that data centre networks must be agile enough to enable the adoption of cloud and mobility while ensuring continuity.
"Building upon our SDN leadership, the HP-VMware networking solution unifies visibility and automation of the physical and virtual network with a common control plane, enabling new application and service delivery in minutes rather than months," she said.
However, this is not due to be delivered until the second half of 2014, when HP's Converged Control application for the Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller is set to ship.
The Converged Control application builds on the capabilities of HP's Intelligent Management Center (IMC), which is already integrated with VMware vCenter, HP said.
HP's Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller also includes support for the VMware Open vSwitch Database (OVSDB) management protocol, a key capability if customers wish to be able to automatically configure HP FlexFabric switches to provision network capacity using VMware's NSX.
Also at VMworld, HP introduced the FlexFabric 5930, a top-of-rack switch with built-in intelligence based on the VXLAN protocol for encapsulating Ethernet frames within IP packets, another technology in the toolset for virtualising networks.
The FlexFabric 5930 is expected to be available from December.
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