For network operators struggling to keep up with requests for network changes, network virtualization (NV) is emerging as an important tool, providing more flexibility and manageability. NV automates the network so IT can speed and simplify its response to change without investing in additional hardware.
To cover this topic in depth, SDxCentral has launched a comprehensive topic page on NV to help you understand how the technology can help you quickly adjust workloads and resources to meet evolving needs.
NV is transforming the data center network operational model. Just as enterprise data centers have realized tremendous benefits from compute, server, and storage virtualization, NV brings similar benefits to the data center network. The full benefits were covered in our 2015 Special Report: Network Virtualization in the Data Center.
Much in the way server virtualization allows operators to programmatically create, delete, and restore software-based virtual machines (VMs) on demand, NV enables administrators to create, save, delete, and restore virtual networks without reconfiguring the physical network. This cuts network provisioning time from days or weeks to minutes, and it dramatically simplifies network operations. By reducing operational complexity, administrators can dynamically scale application infrastructure to meet evolving business priorities.
Our network virtualization topic page offers a continually curated collection of articles, white papers, videos, case studies, and other practical resources to help you understand how the technology is being used in real-world environments. Recent highlights from the channel include:
- Webinar: Five Compelling Reasons Network Virtualization and SDN Can (and Should) Extend Beyond the Data Center
- 2015 Special Report: Network Virtualization in the Data Center
- Blog post: Organizations Can Be Twice as Secure at Half the Cost
- Customer story: Network Virtualization Is a Game-Changer for UNM
The topic page is sponsored by VMware, whose NSX network virtualization platform deploys on top of standing physical network hardware and uses the underlying network as a simple packet forwarding backplane.
Check out the new network virtualization topic section to learn more about how NV has the potential to transform network operational models so IT operations can better keep pace with the speed of business.