I'm currently partnering with our most advanced cloud technology teams (vSAN & Nicira) to help build our next-generation virtual data center, the Software-Defined Data Center.
Nicira - NETWORK VIRTUALIZATION
Conceptually, network virtualization is simple. Network virtualization decouples and isolates virtual networks from the underlying network hardware, like server virtualization decouples and isolates virtual machines from the underlying server hardware. Once virtualized, the physical network is used only for packet forwarding and treated as an IP backplane. Virtual networks are then programmatically created and operate completely decoupled from the underlying hardware, offering the same features and guarantees of a physical network; yet with the operational benefits and hardware independence of virtual machines.
vSAN - DISTRIBUTED STORAGE
Distributed Storage (DS), currently under development by VMware engineers, is a distributed layer of software running natively as part of the ESX hypervisor. It aggregates the hosts’ local storage devices (SSD and HDD) and makes them appear as a single pool of storage shared across all hosts. In other words, we are doing with local storage what we have done in the past with CPU and memory – virtualize the physical resources of ESX hosts and turn them into pools that can be carved up and assigned to VMs and applications according to their QoS requirements.
Engineering, IT/Software Development, Quality Assurance/Safety (1 more)