NEC to Deliver OpenFlow-enabled Software Defined Network for Windows Server Hyper-V Environments

  NEC to Deliver OpenFlow-enabled Software Defined Network for Windows Server
  Hyper-V Environments

ProgrammableFlow® Version 4 offers first OpenFlow IPv6-ready network

Business Wire

IRVING, Texas -- January 22, 2013

NEC 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 Hyper-V solution.

According to Mike Steineke, Edgenet vice president of IT, “The NEC
ProgrammableFlow switch and controller for Hyper-V allows 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 affordably.”

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 ownership (TCO).

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 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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Contact:

NEC Corporation of America
Linda Graham, 214-262-3766
Linda.Graham@necam.com
 
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