Network virtualization (NV) abstracts networking connectivity and services that have traditionally been delivered via hardware into a logical virtual network that is decoupled from and runs independently on top of a physical network in a hypervisor. Beyond L2-3 services like switching and routing, NV typically incorporates virtualized L4-7 services including fireballing and server load-balancing. NV solves a lot of the networking challenges in today’s data centers, helping organizations centrally program and provision the network, on-demand, without having to physically touch the underlying infrastructure. With NV, organizations can simplify how they roll out, scale and adjust workloads and resources to meet evolving computing needs.
Leading companies are rapidly adopting NV in an effort to take advantage of the flexibility offered by software-defined computing and storage resources within the data center. NV is part of the movement toward software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). SDxCentral’s experts continually curate a collection of Network Virtualization articles, whitepapers, videos, and other resources to make it easier to learn about Network Virtualization. Here, you can find use cases, information on NV technology, and the latest articles and videos about NV.