Cisco, VMware Team On Simplified Desktop Virtualization - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software
News
11/16/2010
09:45 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Cisco, VMware Team On Simplified Desktop Virtualization

Starter packs based on Unified Computing System servers optimized to run on VMware View 4.5.

Cisco Umi
Slideshow: Cisco Umi Takes Telepresence To The Home
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)

Cisco Systems has teamed up with VMware to bring a packaged form of desktop virtualization to market based on Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) servers.

Cisco will offer UCS starter packs optimized to run VMware View 4.5. The UCS servers are heavily loaded with CPUs and memory, allowing "a lower cost per seat realized through greater hosted desktop density," said the company.

Among other things, UCS allows a distributed Cisco software switch, the Nexus 1000V, to take over from the software switch in each VMware ESX Server hypervisor. Previously, the hypervisor's software switch handled the communications and storage traffic as separate streams for each virtual machine on the host server. The need to address them as distinct network protocols was time consuming and lead to I/O backs on the virtual machine host.

The Nexus 1000V is a distributed virtual switch that can handle all the traffic flowing from all the virtual machines under ESX hypervisors in a given data center environment. The Nexus 1000V switch moves converged network and storage traffic off the virtual machine host and out into Cisco's network fabric, where it is subdivided into its distinct protocols and sent on to its destination. The converged traffic can be moved off the virtual machine host faster than individual hypervisor switches can move it on their own, freeing up more CPU cycles for application logic.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
2021 Outlook: Tackling Cloud Transformation Choices
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  1/4/2021
News
Enterprise IT Leaders Face Two Paths to AI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/23/2020
Slideshows
10 IT Trends to Watch for in 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/22/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
Video
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Slideshows
Flash Poll