Increase agility and
visibility across physical
and virtual networks.

In the data center today, the network is often viewed as a roadblock. The traditional data center network was designed to connect static applications on physical servers to users. Switching routing and security were simply not designed for dynamic workloads. The manual processes for reconfiguring all that hardware to support workload mobility is stifling business agility and making it more time consuming to provision new applications and services to customers. It also adds human latency to the equation—and people make mistakes, and those mistakes hamper agility and slow down businesses as they’re trying to deliver on customer needs.

With software-defined networks (SDN), that’s finally starting to change. For example, VMware is introducing a product called NSX, which decouples the network from physical infrastructure by virtualizing the network and security. But because the physical network is still critical to operations, and not every workload or application is going to be virtualized, one of the key considerations is how to connect physical workloads to a virtualized environment.

More options. More solutions.

The VMware NSX network virtualization platform delivers the operational model of a virtual machine for the network. Similar to virtual machines for computing, virtual networks are programmatically provisioned and managed independently from the underlying networking hardware. NSX reproduces the entire network model in software, allowing diverse network topologies to be created and provisioned in seconds. However, the challenge of connecting to the physical environment remains.

Juniper and VMware jointly address this challenge by delivering VMware NSX L2 gateway services to bridge the virtual and physical network environments on select access switches, core/aggregation switches, and edge routers to allow optimal NSX deployments for all data center network topologies.

Provisioning the NSX gateway on the access switch allows for programmatic connection to bare metal servers running non-virtualized applications. Provisioning an NSX gateway on a core/aggregation switch allows for connection to larger pools of physical resources such as legacy physical data centers which you may operate or acquire. And most importantly, provisioning the NSX gateway on the edge router allows for operation of multiple virtual networks inside a larger physical network for delivery of IT/Infrastructure as a service.

Full visibility. Complete orchestration.

One of the most significant difficulties in connecting physical and virtualized environments is the lack of visibility into those combined networks. Physical and virtual environments are managed by different tools, none of which provide the ability to arbitrate or identify exactly where a given problem lies. This can lead to uncertainty and finger-pointing. Fortunately, Network Director is integrated with NSX to provide a single pane that visualizes both virtual and physical network assets and enables you to map them together into a single view. From there it’s a short jump to a single point of orchestration for your entire virtual and physical network. By eliminating the human and operational complexities of the physical network, VMware NSX and Juniper are changing the game so that applications and services can get turned up at the speed of business.


Virtualization and the Cloud

Virtualization can be an enabler for business agility by creating new services on an elastic cloud infrastructure. The opportunities can’t be ignored, and without the right foundation, nor can the challenges around security, complexity, and scaling with better economics.

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