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.

Hardware Network Virtualization

Broadcom Unlocks New Advanced Functionality for Windows Server 2012

  • Unlocks advanced virtualization, networking and storage features
  • Increases server throughput performance up to 77 percent1
  • Reduces cost, complexity and deployment time through broad support for all current platforms

Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced support for advanced functionality in Windows Server 2012, enabling a powerful new class of enterprise and cloud data centers. As a result of its collaboration with Microsoft Corp. and leading tier-one OEMs, Broadcom now offers complete Windows Server 2012 support across all current platforms, including its NetXtreme® adapters for Xeon® E5‑based servers launched earlier this year. Visit to learn more.

Broadcom has collaborated with Microsoft and leading tier-one OEM providers to develop new technologies to take advantage of numerous advanced virtualization, networking and storage features in Windows Server 2012 – increasing server throughput performance up to 77 percent while reducing CPU overhead up to 42 percent1. Broadcom has further advanced its offering with complete in-box support, providing IT administrators with simplified installation, without the added step of separate driver upgrades.

Broadcom’s new functionality for Windows Server 2012 helps enterprise and cloud data centers achieve unprecedented flexibility, scalability, performance and cost savings. Supported features include:

  • Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) – Improves virtualization performance, scalability, isolation and security.
  • Dynamic Virtual Machine Queue (DVMQ) – Spreads virtualization workloads across CPUs to improve overall performance.
  • Receive Segment Coalescing (RSC) – Reduces processing overhead on server, enabling support for more virtual machines (VMs).
  • Data Center Bridging Quality of Service (DCB-QOS) – Establishes multiple classes of service to guarantee necessary performance for mission-critical applications.
  • iSCSI Offload (iSCSI HBA) and FCoE Offload (FCoE HBA) – Increases CPU efficiency, delivering industry’s fastest converged network adapter (CNA) – 1.5M iSCSI IOPS and 2.5M FCoE IOPS2.
  • Kernel Debugging Over Ethernet (KDNET) – Allows organizations to remotely troubleshoot the network environment.

About the Broadcom NetXtreme Portfolio
Broadcom’s NetXtreme Ethernet solutions shipping in multiple top-tier OEM servers – including Dell PowerEdge 12th generation and HP ProLiant Gen8 – improve virtualization by uniting data and storage networks on a common 10GbE fabric. Broadcom NetXtreme Ethernet adapters deliver line rate throughput that is 37 percent faster than the nearest CNA competitor, together with full support of iSCSI and FCoE offload storage protocols, capable of delivering up to 1.5 million iSCSI input/output operations per second (IOPS), or 2.5 million FCoE IOPS with superior CPU efficiency2.

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Broadcom Windows Server 2012 NetXtreme II Ethernet solutions are currently shipping with multiple top tier OEM servers – including Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation, HP ProLiant Gen8, IBM, Cisco, NEC and Hitachi.

Storage Virtualization

Emulex Supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with I/O Connectivity and Performance Management

Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX) today announced that its LightPulse® 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and prior generations of I/O connectivity solutions have inbox driver support with the release of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Server 2012, delivering more than a million input/output operations per second (IOPS) on a single port, the highest level of Fibre Channel adapter performance available today, which is needed for the pervasive deployment of virtualization and public and private cloud infrastructures. Emulex inbox 16GFC driver support, combined with Emulex LightPulse Virtual HBA technology and the recent integration of Emulex OneCommand® Vision for Windows Server 2012 customers, allows cloud and virtual workloads to efficiently scale by dedicating logical resources to guest applications over a shared physical I/O and storage infrastructure.

“Emulex provides I/O connectivity solutions spanning generations of protocols, as well as I/O management for Windows 2012 users,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. “As enterprises transition workloads to private and public cloud infrastructures, this high speed connectivity and comprehensive visibility into network and storage traffic becomes a critical element in successful, high-performance virtualized and cloud data centers.”

Emulex 16GFC adapters are built for the most demanding cloud and virtualized environments and have unsurpassed field-proven reliability with over 12 million ports shipped worldwide to date. Emulex 16GFC adapters are the highest performing adapters on the market today, delivering more than a million IOPS on a single port1 and slashing the response time by 75 percent compared to its 8GFC predecessor.2

“Windows Server 2012 is designed for the evolving data center that is transitioning from virtualized to shared public or private cloud environments. The ability to process data efficiently with visibility throughout the infrastructure is now a crucial success factor for achieving desired virtual machine (VM) densities,” said Sandeep Singhal, general manager, Windows Networking, Microsoft. “Emulex is supporting this evolution with high performance connectivity solutions for Windows Server 2012 that provide tight integration and compatibility with existing infrastructures and promote the transition to software-defined networking.”

Emulex I/O technology and management addresses the following virtualized data center needs:

  • 16GFC In-Box Drivers: Emulex LightPulse 16GFC in-box driver support for Windows Server 2012 enables virtualized platforms to scale cloud and VM density to reduce costs.
  • Support for Highly Virtualized and Shared Cloud Environments: Emulex 16GFC adapters feature industry-leading performance with significantly increased IOPS and twice the data throughput of 8GFC adapters3 for highly virtualized data centers; greater VM density required for shared public and private cloud deployments; and the performance needed to match current and next-generation Intel servers with optimized handling of very large multi-core configurations.
  • Increasing VM Densities: Emulex 16GFC adapters leverage Emulex vScale™ for superior scalability in Windows Server 2012 environments, supporting up to 255 virtual functions (VFs); 1024 Message Signal Interrupts Extended (MSI-X) and 8192 concurrent logins and open exchanges, up to four times the number supported by competing 16GFC HBAs,3 enabling support for more VMs per server than ever before. Integration with Emulex LightPulse Virtual adapter technology provides virtual port management within Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, allowing cloud and virtual workloads to efficiently scale by dedicating connectivity to shared storage.
  • Time-Saving I/O Management: With a single driver model, the Emulex 16GFC adapters can be controlled, configured and managed from a single console using Emulex OneCommand® Manager, enabling enterprise scalability with time-saving features that provide more than twice the adapter management functionality and take half the time to install and manage compared to other I/O solutions.4.
  • Proactive I/O Management: Through Emulex OneCommand Vision, customers gain proactive I/O management, maximized I/O resource utilization and enhanced performance and availability by monitoring and analyzing critical I/O performance metrics, all from the applications perspective using the Operations Manager component of System Center 2012. The new release of OneCommand Vision 3.0 expands device support to include Direct
  • Attached Storage (DAS) and logical storage devices and integrates seamlessly with the OneCommand Manager plug-in for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
  • Backward Compatibility: For customers leveraging 8GFC technology within Windows Server 2012, upgrading is simple, with full backward compatibility, a common driver stack and management tools across multiple generations of I/O connectivity products.

The development of Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE) is another area in which Emulex is collaborating with Microsoft. The NVGRE protocol enables overlay networks, which allow virtualized workloads to seamlessly communicate or move across server clusters and data center boundaries. NVGRE has been designed to enable the efficient and fluid movement of virtual resources across cloud infrastructures in order to pave the way for large-scale and cloud-based VM deployments. Demand for overlay networking is being driven by the need to reduce the costs of deploying and managing virtualized server workloads and hybrid cloud deployments. At TechEd 2012, Emulex and Microsoft showed a prototype FPGA technology demonstration of NVGRE.

Hardware Server Virtualization

Supermicro SuperServer and SuperStorage Platforms Windows Server 2012 Certified

Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and green computing, announces it will support Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Server 2012 on its server and storage platforms. The collaborative effort between the two companies addresses the growing demand for high-performance, cost effective public and private cloud computing solutions sought by enterprise IT, business and service providers.

Supermicro SuperServer and SuperStorage solutions offer high-density computing and cost effective, high capacity, high availability (HA) storage in a wide variety of modular, scalable form factors. These platforms reduce overall TCO with advanced power and cooling designs and deliver maximum performance with the latest Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processors while maximizing efficiency and reliability.

With Windows Server 2012 software, Supermicro’s certified server and storage solutions offer a complete integrated suite of cloud enabling technologies including Windows Server Hyper-V for superior performance in terms of virtual machine (VM) scalability to management, security, networking and data protection services.

“The strategic relationship with Microsoft enhances Supermicro’s Server Building Block Solutions and provides our customers with new, robust platforms to architect scalable and easily managed cloud based solutions,” said Wally Liaw, Vice President of Sales, International, at Supermicro. “With Supermicro’s Windows 2012 certified servers and storage solutions, our customers can place priority on expanding their business and services with new application development and minimize the tasks of building and validating infrastructure.”

“Windows Server 2012 was built from the cloud up with extensive new security, reliability, scalability and manageability features,” said Ian Carlson, Director, Product Marketing, Windows Server, Microsoft. “Supermicro’s high-performance, high-efficiency server and storage solutions give channel partners immediate access to a wide range of solutions optimized to take advantage of Windows Server 2012.”

With Supermicro SuperServer and SuperStorage platforms certified for Windows Server 2012, organizations can accelerate deployment of sophisticated solutions for cloud, infrastructure workload and business critical applications. These solutions improve resource utilization; optimize use of floor space and reduced overall power costs. A sample of certified systems includes:

SuperServers Optimized for Virtualization

  • 2UTwin²/2UTwin (SYS-2027TR-H70RF+, SYS-2027TR-H71RF+, SYS-2027TR-D70RF+)
    Great combination of density and performance with flexible CPU, Memory and HDD configurations. Up to 4x DP (dual-processor) nodes in 2U, 24x 2.5″ HDDs, 512GB with 16 DIMMs per node
  • MicroCloud (SYS-5037MC-H8TRF)
    Optimized for highest density hosting environments needing dedicated servers. 8x UP (uni-processor) nodes in 3U, Redundant Platinum-level power supplies.
  • 2U DP SuperServer (SYS-6027R-3RF4+)
    Combination of fast CPU (up to 130W) and large memory (up to 768GB in 24 DIMMs) to support highest density of VMs using Windows Server Hyper-V per host.
  • 1U DP SuperServer (SYS-6017R-WRF, SYS-1027R-WRF)
    Flexible platform for midsize businesses and enterprise environments to go with traditional SAN storage. Also optimized for massive virtualized, private cloud implementations. 4x 3.5″ or 8x 2.5″ HDDs, 512GB in 16 DIMMs, Platinum-level power supplies.
  • 1U UP SuperServer (SYS-5017C-MTF, SYS-5017C-LF)
    Entry level platform suitable for server farm environments requiring scalability and cost effectiveness.
  • Tower/4U SuperWorkstation (SYS-7047GR-TRF)
    Tower form factor for SMB implementation, server consolidation or personal supercomputing. 150W CPU support, 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, 512GB in 16 DIMMs, 8x hot-swap 3.5″ SAS/SATA HDDs, 5x GPU support

SuperStorage Featuring High Capacity and High Availability

  • 2U SuperServer (SSG-2027R-E1R24L)
    Features 24x 2.5″ bays for fast 15K SAS or SSD
  • 2U SuperServer (SSG-6027R-E1R12L)
    12x 3.5″ bays, perfect for resilient multi-node storage architectures
  • 3U/4U SuperServer (SSG-6037R-E1R16L, SSG-6047R-E1R24L)
    3.5″ storage servers offer “sweet spot” for price/performance in single node deployments
  • 4U SuperServer (SSG-6047R-E1R36L)
    High-density Double-Sided Storage® (24x front, 12x rear HDDs) provides the highest density 36x hot-swap 3.5″ SAS/SATA HDDs while maintaining easy access to the storage media

Supermicro Solutions featuring Windows Server 2012 Certification are published on Windows Server Catalog as they receive certification.


Hitachi Data Systems Announces Global Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced broad support for the new release of Microsoft Windows Server 2012. Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS), and Hitachi Compute Blade are now fully certified with full support for the Windows Server 2012 operating system. Windows Server 2012 gives HDS and Microsoft customers an enterprise infrastructure to quickly deploy and host Microsoft Windows and Linux applications. Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft have worked together on this endeavor since early 2010 to ensure the best possible user experience with full service and support for enterprise data center deployments.

“Windows Server 2012 is one of the most significant releases from Microsoft to date,” said Jim Beckman, vice president, Alliances, Hitachi Data Systems. “With leading information technology solutions from HDS and Microsoft Windows Server 2012, customers can now host and manage Microsoft application deployments in an always-on environment. Our customers have already started deploying Windows Server 2012 in their production IT environments with plans for large-scale deployments for their Microsoft Windows and Linux applications.”

“Windows Server 2012 was designed and built around the cloud. It offers customers advanced technology and the ease of use that comes with familiar Microsoft products,” said Mike Schutz, general manager, product marketing, Windows Server and Tools, Microsoft Corporation. “We’re excited about Hitachi Data Systems support of Windows Server 2012 for enterprise customers. We expect that HDS expertise and reliability will help our customers realize demonstrable value from deploying Windows Server 2012.”

About HDS Support for Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 sets the foundation for Hitachi solutions built on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track. The solutions combine Hitachi compute and storage with industry-standard network infrastructure and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 software. These solutions provide seamless integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 with transparent live migration of virtual machines. They also support compute and storage resource for quick provisioning of virtual machines with full support for the System Center Orchestrator 2012.

Scalability of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V and Microsoft clustering allows HDS to deliver support up to 64 nodes and thousands of virtual machines in Hitachi infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud offerings for today’s most demanding environments. Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track offerings are now even more compelling with the ability to scale to hundreds of terabytes with full performance and availability, powered by the Hitachi infrastructure. Microsoft applications can migrate between virtual machines in the same data center or across data centers with zero service disruption, broadly enabling mission critical application support on the x86 platform.

About the HDS and Microsoft Relationship
Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft have a long-standing relationship that has delivered mission-critical solutions to customers around the world. Hitachi solutions that support Microsoft applications include Hitachi Compute Blade, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, the industry’s leading storage virtualization platform for enterprise data centers, Hitachi Unified Storage, and Hitachi Storage Cluster for Windows Server Hyper-V, an end-to-end server-to-storage virtualization solution.

Network Virtualization

Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet Interconnect Solutions Incorporated Within Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Enable the Highest Performance for Cloud, Database and Storage

Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX) (TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that its RDMA-based interconnect technology is supported in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Server 2012. Mellanox’s RDMA interconnect drivers are key components to accelerate and improve performance of Windows Server 2012-based storage, cloud, Web 2.0 and high-performance applications. Using the new File Server SMB 3.0 capability that supports SMB over native RDMA and Mellanox interconnect solutions, end-users can increase SQL Server database performance while reducing capital and operating expenses by consolidating their interconnect infrastructure into a single high-speed interconnect. In addition, end-users can achieve industry-leading, low-latency performance for applications in a virtualized Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V-based data center and in cloud-based high-performance applications.

“Windows Server 2012 includes innovative new storage capabilities. To give users industry-leading networking performance along with new features, we’re happy to have Mellanox RDMA interconnect solutions in Windows Server 2012,” said Thomas Pfenning, General Manager, File Server Foundation, at Microsoft. “Now networking performance for server applications such as Windows Server Hyper-V or SQL Server can be on par with performance for local storage and with lower CPU overheard.”

Mellanox’s RDMA-based interconnect end-to-end market-proven solutions maximize the performance and reduce overhead of enterprise data centers. The solution components include ConnectX®-3 10/40Gb/s Ethernet and ConnectX®-3 FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand adapters, SwitchX® based switches, all connected by Mellanox high-performance cables.

“Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet RDMA interconnect solutions, integrated with Windows Server 2012, provide end-users with an attractive, high performance and cost-effective solution,” said David Barzilai, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “Our RDMA-based interconnect solutions, with in-box support in Windows Servers 2012, have been extensively tested and optimized to remove server and storage bottlenecks to improve application efficiency in converged, clustered and virtualized environments.”

The collaboration between Mellanox and Microsoft resulted in new capabilities and performance records with Windows Server 2012 that will enable the creation of efficient cloud infrastructures based on Hyper-V. The companies continue to develop solutions to enable extremely large scale, multi-tenants clouds connected via a virtualized, high-performance and flat interconnect infrastructure using technologies such as NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation).

Mellanox’s end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand with Windows Server 2012 has also enabled a new performance record for remote file storage using EchoStreams’ FlacheSAN2 Storage Array. Benchmark results attained a sustainable bandwidth rate of 16.8 GB/s of throughput when running the Windows Server 2012 SMB Direct protocol over a single-client server equipped with three ConnectX®-3 56Gb/s adapters communicating to EchoStream’s FlacheSAN2, a 2U flash cache storage array with total raw storage capacities of 11TB.

“Data consumption demands are growing at an exponential rate and require solutions that can deliver leading-edge performance and scalability,” said Gene Lee, President and CEO at EchoStreams. “We’ve worked closely with Mellanox to ensure that our FlacheSAN2 flash cache storage array enables applications that use remote file servers to achieve similar performance to local block storage, with the ease of a file server that simplifies data center management at a lower total cost of ownership.”

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:

Desktop Virtualization

Quest Software Readies Virtual Desktops for Windows 8

Users are expected to realize tremendous gains from the new capabilities in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 but, like any migration to a new version of Windows, this will require significant testing and preparation to ensure a smooth and timely rollout. Quest Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSFT) has responded to this need by enabling corporations to ready their virtual desktop environments for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 today and have added other key technology advancements to their User Workspace Management portfolio.

Quest Workspace™ Desktop Virtualization 7.6 (formerly vWorkspace) incorporates industry-leading features that guide corporations in building a next generation environment that delivers the user workspace on any desktop and device:

  • Offers first-to-market experimental support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, giving organizations a forward view of how these latest technologies will affect desktop virtualization environments
  • Addresses BYOD initiatives by providing insights into which devices (iPad, Macs, Android, etc.) users are employing to access their virtual desktops and use that information to create a context-aware workspace
  • Supports the latest Microsoft releases: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, SQL Server 2012

Quest Foglight® for Virtual Desktops 5.6.3 a brings powerful diagnostics and rich visualization to Quest Workspace Desktop Virtualization environments:

  • Advanced Resource Monitoring provides vFoglight functionality for monitoring performance and resources in desktop virtualization infrastructures
  • Microsoft App-V Integration allows customers to identify exactly which App-V application is being used in Workspace Desktop Virtualization
  • Advanced Load Balancing enables customers to distribute the monitoring load in very large environments