LANs Headed to the Cloud with VXLAN
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The VXLAN approach is intended to make it easier for network administrators to manage virtualization. Prashant Gandhi, director of product management for the Cisco Server, Access and Virtualization Technology Group told InternetNews.com that Cisco has been working on the VXLAN innovation for quite some time. Gandhi said that for applications running in the cloud, IT managers need to control every user’s access to data and applications with logical networks for each instance of the application.
"VXLAN will scale to meet the millions of logical networks required to run applications in the cloud with efficient utilization of network resources," Gandhi said. "By segmenting these VMs and applications via highly secure virtual networks, customers will be able to achieve the security required for multi-tenant cloud environments and ease deployment of applications in the cloud."
Cisco is also moving fast to allow its customers to try out VXLAN. The Cisco Nexus 1000V Series support for VXLAN will be available in Beta by September. Gandhi noted that beyond the VXLAN technology, Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware vCloud Director 1.5 will offer auto-deploy capabilities to simplify installation and deliver VXLAN-based network isolation that simplifies troubleshooting and management of applications running in the cloud.