Cisco announced that the Nexus 1000 and other Cisco technologies are coming to Windows Server 8 Hyper-V.
"For enterprise and service provider customers who want to extend Cisco networking experience to their Microsoft Windows Server 8 Hyper-V deployments, Cisco offers a full portfolio of virtual networking technologies through the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches and Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX)," Cisco stated.
"The Cisco Nexus 1000V Series is a distributed virtual switching platform that provides advanced networking features, integrated virtual services, and a consistent operational model across physical and virtual environments. Customers can rely on the robust Cisco NX-OS Software command-line interface (CLI) and feature set and Cisco's innovative network services architecture for their virtual environments."
The company said "Cisco UCS VM-FEX simplifies virtual machine networking by collapsing virtual and physical networking into a single easy-to-manage infrastructure while using Hyper-VSingle-Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) technology to provide near-bare-metal I/O performance to the virtual machines."
Cisco Virtual Networking solutions reduce the operational complexities associated with virtual machine-to-virtual machine networking and thus help customers gain more of the benefits of server virtualization technology.
Cisco Virtual Networking solutions offer the following benefits:
- "Preserves your existing investments in network operation models and management tools
- Network administrators can manage network policies across the physical and virtual environments using the same interfaces (Cisco NX-OS CLI), and staff members do not need to be retrained.
- Customers can use existing network monitoring and management tools to manage both physical and virtual environments.
- Simplifies virtual networking operations
- Visibility into the traffic between virtual machines simplifies virtual machine-to-virtual machine network troubleshooting.
- Virtualization-aware networking features simplify virtual machine network policy management.
- Tight integration with the Microsoft System Center portfolio allows faster policy provisioning, and clear separation of roles between server and network administrators.
- Provides better security
- Virtualization-aware networking provides better security by extending network policies and network visibility to the virtual machine level," explained Ciscso.
Full press release: