|[January 24, 2013]
NEC to Deliver OpenFlow-enabled Software Defined Network for Windows Server Hyper-V Environments
IRVING, Texas --(Business Wire)--
NEC (News - Alert) Corporation of America (NEC),
a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, networking,
communications, biometric and Software Defined Networking (SDN)
solutions, announced the general availability of the ProgrammableFlow
PF1000 virtual switch, providing SDN and complete network virtualization
to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V customers. NEC also
introduced a new version of its award-winning ProgrammableFlow
Controller, now with the world's first OpenFlow IPv6 support.
The ProgrammableFlow PF1000 virtual switch for Windows Server 2012
customers simplifies complex networks and integrating server and network
virtualization with a single control plane for the Windows Server
Hyper-V customer. This integration enables advanced network automation,
rapid delivery of network services, easy VM mobility, and consistent
application of business policy across the network.
"As a cornerstone of the Cloud OS platform, Windows Server 2012 and
Hyper-V bring groundbreaking capabilities such as network virtualization
to the private cloud customer," said Mike Schutz, general manager,
Server and Tools Business, Microsoft. "We are committed to working with
strategic ecosystem members such as NEC to build on Windows Server
2012's performance, scalability and manageability. The NEC SDN solution
is compatible with Hyper-V Network Virtualization and allows for easy
configuration of virtual appliances such as load balancers, intrusion
detection systems, and networking monitoring solutions."
Edgenet, Inc. manages and distributes product information for more than
4,000 companies, 8,000 brands and 6,000,000+ products. Edgenet is an
early adopter of the ProgrammableFlow Network Suite, including the
PF1000 virtual switch, which acts as an extension to its Windows Server
According to Mike Steineke, Edgenet vice president of IT, "The NEC
ProgrammableFlow switch and controller for Hyper-V allow Edgenet to not
only improve network service delivery, by having a single control plane
across the entire physical and virtual Microsoft environment, it allows
us to increase our network utilization levels without concern of service
level disruption and realize a truly converged network infrastructure
The ProgrammableFlow Controller is Open SDN software for virtualizing
and automating networks. Ideally suited for corporate and service
provider data centers, ProgrammableFlow Controller provides a
cost-effective, high-performance, highly scalable SDN platform. No other
solution can provide virtual L2 and L3 networks with Quality of Service
(QoS) and IPv6 support across an OpenFlow enabled switch fabric. The
ProgrammableFlow Controller is designed so that organizations can
rapidly deploy, easily manage, and remotely control networks while
saving space, management effort, and hardware costs. The results are
optimal flexibility and manageability, and much lower total cost of
The new Version 4 of the ProgrammableFlow Controller includes:
IPv6 support to help customers move beyond the limitations of
IPv4 addresses, simultaneously positioning the network and business
for the future with a virtualized, programmable network. NEC is the
only SDN provider to offer IPv6 support.
OpenStack® support, which gives ProgrammableFlow Open SDN
customers a common platform that is dynamic, flexible, scalable and
open. OpenStack Folsom and the OpenFlow protocol used in
ProgrammableFlow networks combine for a unified cloud solution to
manage all IT resources.
REST-based northbound API offers an integrated interface to
enable programmability of the entire network for service agility and
network control. This network-level API enables uniform application
and automation of consistent business policy.
"SDN promises to remake networking, delivering unprecedented network
virtualization and rich application-driven programmability and agility,"
said Rohit Mehra, VP Network Infrastructure, at analyst firm IDC (News - Alert)
Corporation. "NEC has demonstrated great leadership in OpenFlow-based
SDN with its ProgrammableFlow networking technology, which provides
full-function benefits to IT organizations looking for the next
generation of networking."
"ProgrammableFlow provides state-of-the-art for Software Defined
Networks," said Don Clark, director of Business Development at NEC. "For
organizations looking for automation and control over their networks,
and for those looking for easy integration into their existing
environments, ProgrammableFlow is the right choice."
More information on NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN can be found at www.necam.com/pflow.
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