Today, the vast majority of IT organizations are implementing virtualization and seeking to harness its full potential. Data center managers are seeking a consistent networking environment across virtual and physical environments, so that virtual and physical servers can use the same configurations, policies and management tools. Network policies should migrate automatically along with mobile virtual workloads to ensure that security, performance and access remains intact as virtual machines move from server to server.
IBM’s virtualization automation solution dramatically increases utilization reduces the costs of physical and virtual infrastructure and radically simplify the complexities associated with administering highly virtualized environments.
Integrated: IBM’s integrated approach to virtualization automation eliminates the need to manage server virtualization separately from physical infrastructure.
Unified: Administrators are empowered to collaborate across of server, network, storage, and security silos.
Standards Based: Only IBM offers standards-based physical and virtual switches that enable virtual workloads to communicate without traversing up and down the physical network.
VMready with Virtual Vision
VMready® with Virtual Vision extends the concept of virtualization into the network, so that network polices can be configured for virtual machines, rather than just for the physical switch port. It provides:
Automatic Discovery: Discover and identify virtual machines in the data center automatically. Reconfigures Layer 2 network settings automatically.
Virtual Groups: Create groups of similar virtual machines with dedicated switch resources and isolated from other virtual machines. Configures thousands of virtual machines, each with their own set of parameters and tracks them during migrations.
Hypervisor Support: No proprietary tagging or changes to hypervisor software. Works with all major hypervisors and network environment across virtual and physical environments.
IBM Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS) 5000V
The IBM System Networking Distributed Virtual Switch 5000V is an advanced, feature-rich distributed virtual switch for VMware environments with policy-based virtual machine (VM) connectivity, which provides:
Virtualization: Visible to the physical network as a distributed virtual switch
Performance: Advanced networking, troubleshooting and management features
Automation: Automated layer-2 physical network configuration through the use of IEEE 802.1Qbg Edge Virtual Bridging
Scalability: IEEE 802.1Qbg Edge Virtual Bridging for scalable, dynamic VM traffic management in virtual/physical network
Flexibility: Enables network administrators familiar with IBM System Networking switches to manage the IBM DVS 5000V just like IBM physical switches.
Reliability: Consistent networking environment across virtual and physical environments