Juniper Networks has expanded its partnership with VMware to deliver solutions for unifying virtual and physical networks within a virtualized data center environment.
These solutions, which will include VMware NSX L2 Gateway integration and VXLAN routing capabilities across access, aggregation, core and edge tiers of the data center network, will offer enterprise customers seamless management of workflows.
“Our collaboration with Juniper is a proof point of the commitment shared by both companies to continually drive simplicity, visibility and ease of management within the software-defined data center,” said Hatem Naguib, vice president, Cloud Networking and Security, VMware.
Juniper Networks on Monday — announced at VMworld 2013 — said the VXLAN routing and gateway capabilities enable both intra- and inter-data center solutions and accelerate the transition to software-defined networking (SDN).
VMware NSX L2 Gateway Services will be offered on Juniper Networks EX Series and QFX Series core, aggregation and access switching platforms, and MX Series edge routers.
VMware NSX L2 Gateway Services are expected to be generally available in mid-2014.
To support multi-tenancy or business continuity/disaster recovery initiatives, enterprises need to route network traffic between virtual networks either within a single — or across multiple — data centers.
New VXLAN routing capabilities on Juniper Networks MX Series and EX9200 Series Switches will specifically address these needs. These capabilities are expected to be available in mid-2014.
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For VMware environments, Juniper Networks offers management and advanced analytics as well as troubleshooting capabilities for both physical and virtual infrastructures via its Junos Space Network Director and will provide integrated management capabilities through a plug-in for VMware vCenter Server.
“Through our partnership with VMware — which includes joint product development, technology integration and joint go-to-market strategies — we are committed to developing a range of networking solutions for use in VMware environments,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Campus and Data Center Business Unit, Juniper Networks.
Juniper is also working with VMware to extend development of its virtual security product portfolio to ensure future integration with VMware NSX and new security and networking application programming interfaces (APIs).
In addition, Juniper is developing a validated reference architecture that provides customers with a proven methodology for architecting and building out a simplified, integrated network framework to support virtualized data centers.
This blueprint, which is expected to be available later this year, will outline technology requirements, best practices and recommended approaches for successfully building a network foundation to support a number of advanced capabilities such as predictable application behavior, streamlined workflow-based configuration and quality of service across physical and virtual networks with ease.