Arista Fireside Chat Part 5 – VMWare Environment Link
In the Arista Fireside Chat Part 5, Doug Gourlay of Arista Networks and Matt Palmer of SDxCentral discuss the linkage between SDN, network infrastructure and VMWare infrastructure in an enterprise environment.
Gourlay talks in the chat about VM Tracer, Arista’s solution for bridging the gap between physical and virtual networks. Created to integrate switching and virtual-machine provisioning, VM Tracer makes it possible for switching infrastructure to connect with versions 4.0 and higher of vSphere, VMware’s virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures. VM Tracer connects with vSphere directly, without special web servers or anything else in between, Gourlay says. Only a handful of commands is required to mount the switch to vSphere using the platform’s native APIs.
As discussed in the chat, the connection enables a number of network-intensive activities in the virtual environment. It provides network administrators full visibility into the virtual infrastructure, the ability to control traffic, and the ability to know what’s going on and when so they can diagnose and troubleshoot challenges as quickly as they come up.
Listen in on the conversation during this fifth in the series of Arista Networks Fireside Chats, below, as Palmer and Gourlay talk about how these types of dynamic capabilities can be scripted in the virtual environment.