Network Virtualization Server Virtualization

NEC Introduces Integrated Server and Network Virtualization Solution with System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012

IRVING, Texas: NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider of advanced IT solutions, and a pioneer in OpenFlow-based Software Defined Networking (SDN), will unveil at Microsoft’s TechEd conference the award-winning NEC ProgrammableFlow Network Suite optimized to integrate with Microsoft’s System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, delivering automated server and network orchestration for virtualized data centers. This new integrated solution, which will be demonstrated at TechEd, will transform network management for Windows Server 2012 customers, enabling new levels of control, flexibility, automation, and significant OpEx savings.

NEC’s planned SDN solution will help customers of Windows Server 2013 and Hyper-V automate the time-consuming and disruptive task of configuring their networks as they support the dynamic movement of virtual machines. It further enhances the flexibility provided with complete network virtualization, introduced with the NEC OpenFlow-based vSwitch for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and available since January 2013. NEC’s ProgrammableFlow vSwitch for Windows Server Hyper-V environments, the PF1000, and the ProgrammableFlow SDN Controller manage network flows, working in conjunction with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, controlling the source and destination virtual machines.

Customers will have new levels of virtual machine mobility, visibility and control as they monitor end-to-end network flows from one virtual machine to another. ProgrammableFlow SDN customers, operating in production today, have experienced operating expense reductions of as much as 50-80%.

The new, integrated orchestration will be demonstrated at TechEd in New Orleans on June 4, in the session entitled “How to Design and Configure Networking in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Hyper-V,” which begins at 3:15 p.m. NEC and Microsoft are open to early adopter customers now, with general availability of the technology expected this fall.

“Windows Server 2012 SDN lets customers rethink networking in the context of transforming their data centers for the cloud by abstracting apps and services from the underlying network,” said Mike Schutz, general manager, Server and Tools Marketing, Microsoft. “NEC’s ProgrammableFlow Network Suite, optimized to integrate with Microsoft’s System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, helps ease the administrative burden of configuring and provisioning networks. Private and hybrid cloud customers can realize the promise of SDN by reducing operational complexity, introducing new levels of automation, and enabling centralized control over servers, and both the physical and virtual networks.”

“I have been talking to customers across the country in a series of Software-Defined Networking workshops, and they are excited, but skeptical, of the benefits of SDN,” reported networking industry analyst Jim Metzler, VP of Ashton, Metzler and Associates. “NEC has repeatedly demonstrated leadership with its ProgrammableFlow network family – most recently with its SDN Application Center. Based on reports from SDN customers in production today, NEC has helped to clarify what is possible with this transformative technology.”

“Expanding our integration with Windows Server 2012 through System Center Virtual Machine Manager is the natural progression of NEC’s SDN solution development,” said Mike Mitsch, VP of Enterprise Technology, NEC Corporation of America. “Customers using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and ProgrammableFlow networking now have the ability to be more responsive to their lines of business while delivering reduced operational costs with new levels of total system agility.”

Introduced to the market in 2011, the ProgrammableFlow Network Suite was the first commercially available SDN solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol, enabling complete network virtualization and secure multi-tenant networks. ProgrammableFlow networking enables customers in production today to easily deploy, control, monitor, and manage multi-tenant network infrastructure. Endorsed by customers, the ProgrammableFlow solutions provide the first comprehensive suite that includes both physical and virtual switches as well as an SDN controller and the new NEC SDN Application Center, an ecosystem of network applications. Ideally suited for corporate and service provider data centers, the ProgrammableFlow Controller provides a cost-effective, high-performance, highly scalable SDN platform.

Network Virtualization

NEC to Demo SDN for Hyper-V 2012 with ProgrammableFlow Network Suite

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) announced today that it will be demonstrating its ProgrammableFlow software defined networking (SDN) fabric for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V environments in Booth 18 at Microsoft TechEd North America 2012, to be held in Orlando on June 11-14. ProgrammableFlow, which recently earned the Grand Prize at Best of Interop, also has been named a category finalist for Best of TechEd North America.

NEC’s ProgrammableFlow network suite was the first commercially available SDN solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol enabling complete network virtualization, allowing customers to easily deploy, control, monitor, and manage multi-tenant network infrastructure. This architecture delivers better utilization of all IT assets and helps provide ongoing investment protection as customers add functionality or upgrade their networks. NEC’s approach simplifies network administration and provides a programmable interface for unifying the deployment and management of network services with the rest of IT infrastructure.

“NEC’s ProgrammableFlow network suite will be one of the first OpenFlow-based SDN fabrics to operate in a Windows-based virtualized environment,” said Ian Carlson, director of Windows Server and Management at Microsoft. “Microsoft and NEC are building on our longstanding partnership to offer Windows Server 2012 customers greater VM mobility and the ability to apply integrated business policies across both the virtual and physical networks.”

Similar to the transformation hypervisors brought with server virtualization, the network virtualization delivered by the ProgrammableFlow SDN fabric can benefit enterprises dramatically – giving Windows Server customers a new option for building large, flat networks that streamline the management of datacenter networks through greater levels of automation while driving down operational costs and time to deliver business services. ProgrammableFlow networks for Windows environments are available now for customer evaluations and trials.

“The ProgrammableFlow network suite, which recently won the Grand Prize at Best of Interop 2012, is evolving to provide customers with a radically simplified, open and scalable network,” said Don Clark, Director of Business Development, IT Platform Technologies, NEC. “ProgrammableFlow 2.0 provides more control of network resources while maintaining interoperability with other OpenFlow compliant equipment, including bandwidth monitor, point and click network deployment and policy based multipath routing.”

ProgrammableFlow networks for Windows Server 2012 leverage the Hyper-V Extensible Switch application programming interface (API) to create a dynamic data center fabric allowing for unmatched ease of network management and increased performance across the network. With ProgrammableFlow, the entire network can be configured and monitored with one central point of control and network traffic can be visualized from end to end. For the first time, Hyper-V customers can fine-tune their network management and control with network-wide automated application of business policy, dynamically managed, and network level load balancing across multiple paths for more available bandwidth and faster network response.

The Best of TechEd (BOTE) North America Awards, produced by Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Pro, SharePoint Pro and Dev Pro, recognize the innovative products and services showcased at Microsoft TechEd North America 2012. A panel of editors from these publications will select a winner from each product award category and TechEd North America 2012 attendees will select the winner of the Attendees’ Pick Award by voting for their favorite product.

NEC will demonstrate the ProgrammableFlow network at NEC booth, #18, at TechEd, June 11-14 in Orlando. TechEd winners will be announced on June 14. For more information on TechEd, visit:

Storage Virtualization

NEC SAN Storage Helps Customer Improve Performance and Scale as It Grows

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced communication and IT solutions, announced its NEC D-Series SAN Storage has enabled Storage Guardian to keep up with unparalleled growth of data and increasing customer demands. Using NEC’s D-series SAN storage in Storage Guardian’s online and cloud backup solutions for small and medium-sized businesses has allowed performance to increase as it scaled to 100 TB from 20 TB in the past year.

“Customers are beginning to take backup storage more seriously, realizing they need professional services to properly manage it,” said Omry Farajun, Storage Guardian’s founder and president. “As a result, Storage Guardian has grown to over 2,000 customers and needed to rapidly increase our storage capacity.”

To maintain momentum, Storage Guardian needed a storage vendor that could help the company continue to grow by streamlining its processes, reducing complexity and scaling storage purchases based on demand. Storage Guardian turned to West Coast Technology, an authorized NEC dealer, to help keep up with customer demand. The NEC D-Series SAN Storage (D4) and Linux® 64-bit OS solution provides high availability, is scalable and delivers the 100 TB and rising capacity Storage Guardian requires.

“With support from West Coast Technology, we implemented NEC’s platform because of the superior quality of its components, vibration and methodology,” said Farajun. “NEC’s proprietary algorithm allows the solution to perform better as it scales, so the more NEC storage we used, the faster Storage Guardian became. This has helped us see a return on our investment in only a short time.”

The solution’s advanced features and enterprise-class software – including snapshots, replication, performance management, multi-pathing, failover, energy conservation, and virtual storage partitioning for Quality of Service – deliver the performance and flexibility the company needs to grow on-demand.

“One of the many features that attracted Storage Guardian to NEC was the fact that we allowed them to add capacity as they grew,” said Mike Mitsch, vice president, IT Platforms for NEC. “High availability and scalability are the hallmarks of NEC’s SAN storage, which helped Storage Guardian, improve their cash flow, while remaining competitive and agile.”

Storage Virtualization

NEC Launches M100 Storage System for Windows, Linux and VMware Environments

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced communication and IT solutions, today launched the next generation of storage architecture, the M100 storage area networking (SAN) system. The M100 provides highly available and easily scalable storage that does not compromise performance or flexibility. M100 features complete array management suite for businesses of all sizes that includes snapshots, replication, performance management, multi-pathing, failover, compliance, energy conservation, and more.

“The M100 should succeed in building upon the market success and customer base NEC established with its D-Series models. The product is emblematic of NEC’s efforts to make the most of features that will offer customers the best possible value proposition and over extended timeframes,” writes Mark Peters, senior analyst, ESG, in the company’s recent product brief, “NEC M100: A Flexible, Scalable Data Storage System for Virtualized Environments.”

In virtualized and clustered environments, the M100 has the ability to support LUN locking in a durable manner when multiple servers are accessing data, which eliminates access collisions, compromised data and sub-optimal performance. The M100 also provides highly available and easily scalable storage that does not compromise performance or flexibility while allowing faster access to data compared with the previous generation NEC D3/D3i storage solutions, all with great integrity and reliability.

The M100 is designed to address critical storage challenges including:

  • Rapid data volume growth
  • Energy-saving power and cooling efficiencies
  • Continuous accessibility
  • Scalable and efficient capacity management and data migration
  • Multiple layered virtualization across storage systems and storage management processes and tools

“ESG’s product brief confirms that with the M100, NEC is delivering innovative scalability and adaptability efficiently for demanding virtualized environments,” said Mike Mitsch, vice president, IT Platform Products, NEC. “The M-Series introduction marks another example of how NEC is looking ahead to provide ubiquitous access to data as more business critical information is stored in virtualized environments.”

The M100 harnesses the powering of Intel® Xeon® processors, which includes integrated PCI Express 2.0 ports, non-transparent bridging, RAID 5 and 6 and connects to the Intel 3420 chipset. In addition, the M100 supports both Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage protocols for added flexibility.

NEC is demonstrating the M100 at SNW October 10-13 in Orlando, Fla. M-Series includes support for Microsoft® Windows®, VMware and Linux support and is now commercially available.

Server Virtualization

NEC Fault Tolerant Servers Now Support Microsoft Hyper-V

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced communications, networking and IT solutions, today announced the launch of its new NEC Express5800/ft series fault-tolerant servers with support for Microsoft® Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V virtualization.

Available in North America and Asia Pacific today, NEC Express5800/ft series fault-tolerant servers are designed for hosting mission-critical business applications in a wide variety of data center environments and industries. The Express5800/ft series provides redundancy for essential hardware components including CPU and memory to avoid system downtime due to hardware failures. Building a Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization platform on NEC FT servers can significantly reduce the risk of failure when compared to non-redundant servers. In addition, hardware-based fault tolerance can provide significant performance improvements over software-based fault tolerant solutions.

Microsoft Hyper-V 2.0 support
The new NEC FT servers support Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and virtualization platform Hyper-V2.0 to create virtualized environments on fault tolerant hardware. In addition, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise ships with four guest operating system licenses for added cost savings.

Latest CPU support and 1.4 times the performance of previous models Powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, the NEC Express5800/R320b-M4 achieves 1.4 times the performance of previous models. As well as Hyper-V’s supreme operational manageability, it delivers high server consolidation capabilities. The new FT models provide an optimal platform for server consolidation.

“With the full support of Windows Server Hyper-V on NEC’s next generation FT Server Series, customers can now realize the highest level of virtualization availability for mission critical workloads on Hyper-V in their data centers.” – Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Windows Server

“Hyper-V running on the NEC FT Server allows us to offer our Microsoft cloud-based virtualization clients an SLA never seen before in a hosted solution.” – Eric Miller, CEO, Genesis Hosting Solutions LLC

New models shipping dates
The NEC Express5800/R320b-M4 (Windows Server 2008 R2 model) will begin shipping in the North American region on October 29. Configuration details:
Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor X5670, no memory (max. 96GB), no HDD (max. 4.8TB), Hyper-V support

The NEC Express5800/R320a-E4 (Windows Server 2008 R2 model) will begin shipping in the North American region on November 30. Configuration details:
Intel (R) Xeon(R) processor E5504, no memory (max. 96GB), no HDD (max. 4.8TB), Hyper-V support