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NEC Showcasing New Hyper-V Network Virtualization Solution at Microsoft’s TechEd

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT and communications solutions and a pioneer in OpenFlow-based Software-defined Networking (SDN), today announced that it will be demonstrating a beta version of a new solution that enables Microsoft’s Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) to co-exist with NEC’s ProgrammableFlow SDN networking suite. NEC will be showcasing this demonstration during Microsoft’s TechEd North America 2014 conference May 12-15 in Houston. General availability of the integration of Hyper-V Network Virtualization and the ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite is expected in the second half of 2014.

Last fall, NEC announced a solution that integrates network and compute orchestration for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V customers who use the NEC ProgrammableFlow networking suite along with Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). This solution is now generally available in North America. Once both solutions are GA, customers will have, for the first time, a single point of network policy administration that integrates both tunnel based network virtualization (ProgrammableFlow and HNV) and fabric-based network virtualization (ProgrammableFlow and SCVMM).

“Having two different options for network virtualization significantly improves flexibility for customers who are virtualizing their networks,” said Don Clark, director business development, NEC Corporation of America. “Best of all, customers also gain the ability for end-to-end configurability and visibility throughout their networks. With each new SDN development, NEC continues to improve our customers’ ability to reduce the manual processes and complexity related to conventional networks, improve agility of network services, and increase performance and throughput.”

“Microsoft and NEC continue to collaborate and work together strategically with our mutual customers in mind. These latest efforts to join ProgrammableFlow’s networking capabilities with Hyper-V Network Virtualization can provide increased service agility and reduce the complexity of network policy administration. This is another example of how our companies’ strategies can be integrated for the benefit our customers,” said Rajeev Nagar, Group Program Manager, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft.

NEC will be participating in this session during TechEd: DCIM-B314 Extend Datacenter Networking with Partner Solutions, scheduled for 1:15 p.m. CDT on Monday, May, 12.

About ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite

Initially launched in 2011, the ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite was the first commercially available SDN solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol, enabling complete network virtualization, allowing customers to easily deploy, control, monitor, and manage multi-tenant network infrastructure. Now with version 5.1, customers can unify and control remote networks, all from a central location, to deliver simplified data center management, improved end-user access to applications, enhanced collaboration, and dramatically increase efficiency of IT resource utilization. Endorsed by customers, the ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite provides the first comprehensive suite that includes both physical and virtual switches as well as an SDN controller and applications. Ideally suited for corporate and service provider data centers, the ProgrammableFlow Controller PF6800 controller provides a cost-effective, high-performance, highly scalable SDN platform.

More information on NEC can be found at: www.necam.com
Blog at www.NECToday.com
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Twitter: @NEC

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