Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Computing
Register for a certification exam.
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
VMware Acquires Nicira
VMware Acquires Nicira's Software-Defined Networking for $1 Billion

By Jennifer LeClaire
July 24, 2012 10:45AM

    Bookmark and Share
Nicira will soon carry the VMware feel, expanding the firm's V networking portfolio, which includes VMware vSphere virtual switching, VMware vCloud Director networking, vShield Network and Security software defined services, and the VXLAN protocol. The Nicira acquisition will help VMware provide a full suite of software-defined networking.
 



Not content to watch other software behemoths make billion-dollar moves, VMware has announced a blockbuster acquisition of its own that could potentially forward its leadership in the cloud space.

The virtualization company is paying about $1 billion in cash to buy Nicira, a company in the software-defined networking space and a leader in network virtualization for open-source initiatives.

"VMware has led the server virtualization revolution, and we have the opportunity to do the same in data center and cloud networking," said Paul Maritz, chief executive officer of VMware. "The acquisition of Nicira adds to our portfolio of networking assets and positions VMware to be the industry leader in software-defined networking."

A Natural Extension

Maritz's words may resonate with VMware customers and partners. Eric Chui, president and founder of HyTrust, said software-defined networking is a natural extension for VMware, and Nicira is a fantastic purchase.

"However, as networking gets virtualized and becomes part of the virtual infrastructure management layer, this expands the already 'god-like' privileges of the virtualization admins and puts all of the eggs in one basket," Chui told us. "This highlights the need for greater access controls and auditing to ensure against breaches, malicious attacks, and downtime from misconfiguration of resources."

It's like anything in the cloud: There are risks and rewards. VMware said customers leveraging the software-defined data center can have their own virtual data center with an isolated collection of all the compute, storage, networking, and security resources that they are used to. What's more, VMware said, the virtual data center can grow and shrink to use physical resources efficiently. But many will note Chui's security concerns, for which VMware has likely already accounted.

Supporting Open Principles

Nicira is clearly a frontrunner in software-defined networking, which enables the dynamic creation of virtual network infrastructure and services that are completely decoupled and independent from the physical network hardware. Industry leaders like AT&T, DreamHost, eBay, Fidelity Investments, NTT and Rackspace are using the Nicira Network Virtualization Platform to accelerate service delivery from weeks to minutes and dramatically reduce complexity and cost.

VMware plans to continue to support the open principles and technologies that have made Nicira solutions successful in the marketplace, including the Open vSwitch to connect physical networks and multiple hypervisors and the open extensibility framework to implement business-level policies from any cloud management system.

But Nicira will soon carry the VMware feel, expanding the firm's V networking portfolio, which includes VMware vSphere virtual switching, VMware vCloud Director networking, vShield Network and Security software defined services, and the VXLAN protocol. The Nicira acquisition will help VMware provide a full suite of software-defined networking capabilities and a solution lineup for virtualizing the network.

Ultimately, VMware said the Nicira acquisition will allow customers to create a pool of network capacity on top of any network infrastructure from which they can support tens of thousands of isolated virtual networks with the simplicity and operational ease of creating and managing virtual machines.

VMware expects the acquisition to close during the second half of 2012. The firm will be showcasing the software-defined data center at the coming VMworld 2012 in San Francisco Aug. 27-30.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 Computing
1.   Can One Size Windows OS Fit All?
2.   Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
3.   Dropbox for Business Boosts Security
4.   New Technology Defeats Privacy Efforts
5.   Design Central to Microsoft Future


advertisement
Backlash Stirs Against H-1B Visas
Debate over foreign workers continues.
Average Rating:
Amazon Intros Zocalo Storage Service
Online storage and sharing for business.
Average Rating:
Design Central to Microsoft Future
New ethos a break from functional past.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
New Web Tracking Technologies Defeat Privacy Protections
Recently developed Web tracking tools are able to circumvent even the best privacy defenses, according to a new study by researchers at Princeton and the University of Leuven in Belgium.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.