Extreme Networks announced that it is collaborating with virtual computing leader Citrix Systems to integrate server virtualisation within the network, through its XNV virtualisation lifecycle management solution which supports Citrix XenServer and VMware.
Extreme Networks’ XNV virtualisation and cloud architecture provides network-level virtualisation support, including management, reporting, configuration and mobility, enabling zero touch management and mobility between the server and network. XNV integrates the network management system with the virtualisation management platform to ensure full visibility and synchronisation between the server virtualisation environment and the network.
“One of the major challenges in the next phase of virtualisation adoption lies in integration and support for networking functionality,” said Gordon Mangione, Vice President, Data Centre and Cloud Division at Citrix. “Extreme Networks offers an open platform approach that enables XenServer customers to tightly integrate server virtualisation with the network, giving users a seamless mobile VM experience in the data centre.”
Extreme Networks, with its innovative data centre network solutions, is focused on providing an open and integrated virtualisation environment, enabling data centres to optimise and automate the networking function. Utilising the ExtremeXOS® operating system and robust intelligence layer, applications like virtualisation mobility – in conjunction with the leading virtualisation platform Citrix Xenserver – are more easily integrated and managed by the network.
“Extreme Networks is addressing the advanced capabilities enabled by virtualisation through an open network, multi-hypervisor approach,” said Kevin Ryan, Director of Data Centre Marketing at Extreme Networks. “Citrix is an ideal integration partner as one of the leaders in server virtualisation, and as a platform of choice of many of our customers in the managed hosting and cloud marketplace.”
Extreme Networks’ high-performance data centre solutions, the BlackDiamond® and Summit® switches running the ExtremeXOS operating system, are well suited to deliver high performance cloud-based networking infrastructure. With advanced data centre features including XNV and Direct AttachTM, the company has helped lead integration across multi-vendor virtualised environments in Managed Hosting, Cloud and Enterprise environments.