HP, Juniper All In With VMware's NSX Network Virtualization Platform

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Meanwhile, HP Networking competitor Juniper Networks revealed plans of its own to leverage VMware's new NSX platform. These plans include what Juniper said would be a "broad range" of networking solutions that include a mix of VMware and Juniper's own technology, the first of which are Juniper's EX and QFX Series core, aggregation and access switching platforms supporting VMware's NSX Layer 2 Gateway Services.

The stitching together of these two technologies, according to Juniper, is unique because it delivers gateway services across all of a data center network, from the core to the edge.

"What this means to customers and channel partners working with a customer is that we really can support any virtual network deployment scenario because we have the gateway available across all the different tiers of a data center network," said Robert Grasby, senior product marketing manager at Juniper.

These NSX Layer 2 Gateway Services will be available in mid-2014, Grasby said.

In addition, Juniper announced VXLAN routing capabilities on its MX and EX9200 Series Switches, planned integration between Juniper's virtual security products and the NSX platform, and a VMware vCenter Server plug-in that allows Juniper's Junos Space Network Director to provide management capabilities across both virtual and physical data center environments.

Grasby said Juniper's partnership with VMware will remain an important part of the company's overall SDN strategy moving forward, but it will not be exclusive.

"We very much believe in an open approach to networking and open standards, ... and we are building our platform in that context," Grasby said. "And, in that context [our VMware partnership] is not exclusive, but it's a mutually beneficial one. We look at the reality of the virtualization marketplace, and VMware is obviously the dominant player, and we want to work with them."


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