EMA Impact Brief
Mainstreaming the vSwitch: HP Network Automation Extends Control to Virtual Computing Environment
Date: 07/27/2009 Length: 3 pages Cost: $25.00

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As server virtualization deployments continue to proliferate at astounding rates, many operators don’t realize that they are also deploying virtual network elements at the same time – often including many virtual network switches, or vSwitches, for each virtualization hypervisor.  Further, since most server virtualization projects are under the control of systems administrators and not network engineers, those virtual network elements are not being accorded the same level of disciplined management as the physical network elements are connecting the physical servers upon which virtualization platforms are deployed.  HP is taking steps to address this situation, most recently by releasing a vSwitch driver for its HP Network Automation product.  The new driver allows HP Network Automation to deliver much of the same best practices and functionality for network change and configuration management, including policy compliance and operational integrity assurance, which are afforded the rest of the network infrastructure.  This step helps to significantly pave the way for server virtualization products to move into the mainstream as a reliable and manageable production technologies.

Jim Frey, Former EMA Analyst

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