SILICON VALLEY, Calif.-July 28,
2010- As part of their ongoing collaboration, Cisco,
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), and VMware (NYSE: VMW) today announced the
industry's first certified end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet
(FCoE) solution for VMware-virtual environments. This combined
solution supports FCoE end-to-end to reduce the number of devices
and cables needed and to drive data centre consolidation,
virtualization, and automation.
Cisco data centre switches and NetApp® storage FCoE
solutions are now validated by VMware to support VMware-based
virtualized environments, marking a significant milestone for the
progression of the FCoE protocol to help more customers achieve
efficiency in their dynamic data centres and progress on their
journey to cloud computing.
Cisco, NetApp®, and VMware® are
currently the only networking, storage, and virtualization vendors
to combine data centre consolidation, virtualization, and
automation in a jointly certified end-to-end FCoE solution that
includes both FCoE initiators (such as Converged Network Adaptors)
and FCoE storage targets. VMware validated Cisco Nexus® 5000
Series Switches and NetApp FAS series unified storage support FCoE
protocol in virtual environments running VMware vSphere™. The
solution has completed the VMware Hardware Certification Program
testing criteria for use with VMware software and is now listed on
the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide, with support offered by
all three companies.
Fibre Channel over Ethernet for Virtual
- FCoE Savings: Representing the next progression of Fibre
Channel networking and storage, FCoE is a key protocol in
delivering a unified data centre fabric and can provide significant
savings by reducing the number of adapters, cables, and network
infrastructure devices needed in a dynamic data centre.
- FCoE Offers More Efficiency: FCoE also helps customers
achieve greater efficiencies by reducing space, cooling, and power,
as well as offer greater, higher performing utilisation of the data
- FCoE for Virtualized Environments: This validation of
FCoE in virtual environments further illustrates how lossless 10
Gigabit (Gb) Ethernet has become the foundational building block
for a unified data centre infrastructure. By supporting FCoE,
network attached storage (NAS) and iSCSI on a single unified
network with lossless 10 Gb Ethernet, this end-to-end solution for
virtualized environments helps customers consolidate their data
centre infrastructure for greater capital and operational expense
savings, achieve more efficient management, and increase
infrastructure agility and performance.
Cisco, NetApp, and VMware
- Expanded Collaboration: In January, Cisco, NetApp, and
VMware announced the expansion of their long-standing collaboration
to help customers evolve virtualized data centres to be more
efficient, dynamic, and secure.
- Jointly Designed Architectures and Solutions: The
companies continue to innovate to deliver jointly tested,
best-of-breed solutions to the market, and have already released
several design architectures and end-to-end solutions for FCoE,
long distance application mobility, and secure multi-tenancy.
Today, more than 70 channel partners, systems integrators, and
service providers and more than 30 organisations have embraced the
Secure Multi-tenancy design architecture to help build a complete,
virtualized data centre that helps streamline their operations and
improve their business resilience.
- Open Partner Ecosystem for Design Architectures: As more
enterprises move toward a dynamic data centre, the three companies
continue to collaborate with their solution provider partners,
systems integrators, and service providers to help customers along
their journey toward a virtualized dynamic data centre and cloud
- Rob Christ, Founder and Director, Databasement
- "Vital to our solution is a unique service-oriented
infrastructure based on the Cisco, NetApp, and VMware offering,
that includes all server, storage, and networking hardware and
software to facilitate sharing, reuse, and dynamic resource
allocation. The announcement that VMware has validated Cisco and
NetApp end-to-end FCoE in virtual environments will help us
consolidate our data centre infrastructure so we can achieve
greater efficiency, performance, and overall cost savings."
- Bob Olwig, Vice President of Corporate Business Development,
World Wide Technology
- "VMware's certification of Cisco networking with the
NetApp Storage FCoE solution is significant for our customers who
are demanding an end to the complexity and headaches associated
with a myriad of cables, multiple interface cards, and switches.
World Wide Technology is laser-focused in helping customers
integrate disparate technologies in complex physical and
virtualized environments. We are very pleased to be working with
Cisco, NetApp, and VMware, which have delivered the industry's
first FCoE solution that squarely addresses data centre customer
- Mark Hilz, President and Chief operating officer,
- "A validated end-to-end FCoE solution from
virtualized server through the network to the storage arrays will
help our customers drive a level of consolidation, virtualization,
and automation that up until now was not possible. The
collaboration among Cisco, NetApp, and VMware continues to yield
technology advancements that accelerate business agility and
delivers on the promise of enabling a dynamic virtualized data
Collaboration Website: To learn more
about the long-standing collaboration between Cisco, NetApp, and
VMware, and its many joint benefits or details on the various
solution offerings, please visit http://www.imaginevirtuallyanything.com/.
Available White Papers, Solution Briefs
and Design Architectures:
Cisco, NetApp, VMware, vSphere, Dynamic Data
Centre, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, FCoE, Secure Multi-tenancy,
Design Architecture, Imagine Virtually Anything.
Cisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking that
transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, this
year celebrates 25 years of technology innovation, operational
excellence and corporate social responsibility. Information about
Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news,
please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com.
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions
that accelerate business breakthroughs and achieve outstanding cost
efficiency. Discover our passion for helping companies around the
world go further, faster at www.netapp.com.
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that enable IT organisations to energise businesses of all sizes.
With the industry leading virtualization platform - VMware
vSphere™ - customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and
operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity,
strengthen security and go green. With 2009 revenues of $2 billion,
more than 190,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the
leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority
among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices
throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
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