"Cisco and VMware share a joint vision for driving and supporting a service-oriented approach for the data center," said Krish Ramakrishnan, vice president and general manager, Server Virtualization Business Unit, Cisco. "Together our efforts support the IT collaboration that will be required across organizations to streamline operations and take advantage of the data center technology advancements to come."
Cisco began the technical collaboration with VMware as a result of customer feedback requesting a tighter integration with Cisco Catalyst® and MDS technologies to support the scaling of their VMware Infrastructure deployments. By adding service orchestration, Cisco VFrame DC can provision all the network services for Internet-facing applications running on VMware Infrastructure, including firewalls, content load balancing, switch and server trunks, and access control lists; all from a single GUI-based service template. This integration enables network, storage, and security IT groups to collaborate using a common design interface for dramatic improvements in real-time provisioning agility.
"VMware customers are used to being able to rapidly provision and configure virtual infrastructure," said Brian Byun, vice president of global partners and solutions, VMware. "Now, with Cisco's integration of VFrame DC, customers can also get similar benefits for their physical infrastructure. VFrame DC enables coordinated provisioning of physical resources (network, storage and server) to complement their virtualized infrastructure."
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