Plan to integrate Cisco Virtual Network Link technology with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation
Red Hat and Cisco have expanded their virtualisation collaboration with the integration of Cisco Virtual Network Link (VN-Link) technology with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation.
Under the collaboration, Red Hat and Cisco are integrating the Cisco Unified Computing System Virtual Interface Card with the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor included in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation. The combination is expected to create a logical network infrastructure that will help to provide visibility, control and consistency of the network for virtualisation.
Red Hat said that VN-Link automates the movement of network and storage services so they can follow virtual machines as they are moved around the datacentre, helping to ensure consistent policy-driven network capabilities across all servers, physical or virtual, in a customer’s datacentre.
The new combination allows virtual machines to directly access physical I/O resources and facilitates customers to manage and secure virtual environments with network control provided by VN-Link on a per-virtual-machine basis for applications running under Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation, the companies said.
In addition, it will quicken the application deployment with the automation of virtual machine creation with policy-based network configurations and allows achieve consistent network management, security and isolation with large-scale cloud deployment.
Brian Stevens, chief technology officer and vice president of engineering at Red Hat, said: "With the tight integration between the Cisco Unified Computing System and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation, we are offering our joint customers significantly enhanced virtualisation performance capabilities."