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 center consolidation,
virtualization, and automation. Cisco data center 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 centers and
progress on their journey to cloud computing.
Cisco, NetApp®, and VMware® are
currently the only networking, storage, and virtualization vendors
to combine data center 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
- FCoE Savings: Representing the next
progression of Fibre Channel networking and storage, FCoE is a key
protocol in delivering a unified data center fabric and can provide
significant savings by reducing the number of adapters, cables, and
network infrastructure devices needed in a dynamic data
- FCoE Offers More Efficiency: FCoE also helps
customers achieve greater efficiencies by reducing space, cooling,
and power, as well as offers greater, higher performing utilization
of the data center networks.
- 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 center 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 center 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 centers 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 organizations have embraced the
Secure Multi-tenancy design architecture to help build a complete,
virtualized data center that helps streamline their operations and
improve their business resilience.
- Open Partner Ecosystem for Design
Architectures: As more enterprises move toward a dynamic
data center, 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 center and cloud computing.
- Rob Christ, founder and director,
"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 center
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 center customer requirements."
- 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 center."
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 www.imaginevirtuallyanything.com.
Available White Papers, Solution
Briefs and Design Architectures:
Cisco, NetApp, VMware, vSphere, Dynamic Data
Center, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, FCoE, Secure Multi-tenancy,
Design Architecture, Imagine Virtually Anything.
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that enable IT organizations to energize 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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