VMware network virtualization speeds service delivery at NaviSite

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 13, 2013


VMware, Inc, today announced that NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable Company, and a provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services, is taking the next step on the journey to the software-defined data center by deploying VMware’s network virtualization solutions. By decoupling the network from underlying hardware, network virtualization transforms the operational model of networking enabling NaviSite to respond to opportunities more rapidly while dramatically lowering operational and capital expenses.

“NaviSite delivers cloud services to very demanding customers expecting superior service and support,” said David Grimes, CTO of NaviSite. “VMware network virtualization enables NaviSite to break free from the physical constraints of traditional networking to deliver services to these customers in minutes versus days.”

NaviSite virtualized its existing network converting the physical data center infrastructure into a pool of network and compute capacity that is now consumed and repurposed on demand. Existing customer applications and systems run unchanged, and hosting customers can now migrate application workloads more easily to NaviSite’s cloud.

“Leading edge companies are focused on improving the pace of how they operate and serve their customers while lowering costs,” said Hatem Naguib, vice president of Cloud Networking and Security at VMware. “NaviSite’s adoption of network and compute virtualization puts it on a path to a software-defined data center architecture where all physical infrastructure resources are virtualized and delivered as a service to achieve agility and operational efficiency.”

Network virtualization addresses one of the final barriers to achieving the agility of cloud computing — the network — by enabling the dynamic creation of virtual networks that are completely decoupled and independent from the physical network hardware. Much like server virtualization decouples virtual machines from the underlying x86 server hardware to transform the operational model of compute, network virtualization decouples software-based virtual networks from the underlying network hardware to enable a new operational model for networking.