Network Virtualization Helps ViaWest Roll Out New Services with Greater Efficiency, Agility and Control at a Lower Overall Cost
PALO ALTO, Calif., April 22, 2013 —VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced colocation and cloud service provider ViaWest is using VMware network virtualization to enable faster service provisioning, simplified management and greater flexibility and choice in service options for customers. VMware network virtualization provides ViaWest with a more efficient way of deploying cloud services than traditional hardware-defined networking approaches, leading to lower overall costs and a more consistent customer experience.
“Our customers are embracing the business advantages of cloud services, and our networking infrastructure must keep up with rapidly changing cloud requirements,” said Jason Carolan, Chief Technology Officer at ViaWest. “We’ve found it’s impossible to effectively run new cloud services based solely on old, hardware-focused networking technologies. The dynamic nature of our cloud services requires the agility and automation made possible by VMware network virtualization.”
ViaWest is one of the largest privately-held data center, cloud computing and managed service providers in North America. VMware network virtualization enables ViaWest to dynamically create virtual networks that are completely decoupled and independent from the physical network hardware. This provides ViaWest with operational simplicity to support new and existing applications in a non-disruptive way, without modification to the underlying network hardware. Network virtualization reduces the time it takes ViaWest to roll out new services, or upgrade an existing customer’s specific service offering, from days or weeks to hours. ViaWest has reduced both operational and capital costs by making more efficient use of network resources such as IP addresses, and by no longer being locked in to any single vendor’s networking hardware.
“Applications are the engine driving the pace of innovation, and the network is one of the last barriers preventing the delivery of applications and services with the speed at which companies operate,” said Hatem Naguib, vice president of Cloud Networking and Security at VMware. “ViaWest is helping networking catch up to the 21st Century and helping to reduce cost and complexity with network virtualization. Leading cloud service providers recognize that the software-defined data center is a powerful platform for developing innovative and differentiated services, and ViaWest is delivering this value to customers.”
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