The unstoppable momentum that is Windows Server 2012 rolls right along with another partner announcement. Earlier this week, NEC unveiled the NEC ProgrammableFlow PF1000 for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.  

From NEC’s announcement:

“As a cornerstone of the Cloud OS platform, Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V bring groundbreaking capabilities such as network virtualization to the private cloud customer,” said Mike Schutz, general manager, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft. “We are committed to working with strategic ecosystem members such as NEC to build on Windows Server 2012’s performance, scalability and manageability. The NEC SDN solution is compatible with Hyper-V Network Virtualization and allows for easy configuration of virtual appliances such as load balancers, intrusion detection systems, and networking monitoring solutions.”

There's also an article on Network World: NEC rolls out OpenFlow for Microsoft Hyper-V - NEC virtual switch adds IPv6 support to SDN controller.

Another article on SDN Central: Game Changer: OpenFlow on Hyper-V Finally Arrives with NEC’s New PF1000

And one more on Light Reading: NEC Lends Microsoft a Hand in SDN

 

This is just another example as to why having an open, extensible virtual switch as opposed to VMware’s closed replaceable switch is such a strategic advantage with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Quite simply, we provide flexibility and choice. Think about it… 

  1. Are you a Cisco shop? Nexus 1000v for Hyper-V coming soon…
  2. Are you an OpenFlow shop? (OpenFlow is gaining popularity in Europe and Asia/Pacific) We have that too with the NEC ProgrammableFlow PF1000
  3. What if you’re in a branch office and #1 & #2 are overkill but you’d like a virtual firewall/IDS? 5Nine is right there.
  4. Looking for sFlow support? That’s provided by Inmon.

 …and you can expect more solutions on the way.

Are you paying extra for software defined networking (SDN) capabilities?  Or just waiting for it to get here from your current platform provider?  If you haven't looked at Windows Server 2012 for your virtualization needs, you're probably spending way too much money! 

http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization