Oracle says it is addressing two major networking requirements for cloud-enabled data centers with new high performance, low cost 10Gb/40Gb Ethernet switches and the addition of virtual network services to Oracle SDN. “Cloud-enabled data centers are only as fast or as agile as their networking allows, which makes the convergence of software-defined networking and network services a next logical step in the evolution of the software-defined data center,” noted Raju Penumatcha, senior vice president, Netra Systems and Networking, Oracle.
The new networking technologies are aimed at providing the flexibility and scalability for both enterprise data centers and network function virtualization infrastructure.
According to Oracle, the new Ethernet Switch ES2-72 and Ethernet Switch ES2-64 are designed to take advantage of Oracle engineered systems, servers and storage with low-latency and massive scalability for all Oracle applications including Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), as well as financial and high-performance computing (HPC) applications.
Oracle also added new virtual network services to Oracle SDN, to remove the need for purpose-built network appliances. The new services allow customers to deploy security, load balancing and routing on-demand in a single virtual instance with the ability to configure and manage them in a single pane using Oracle Fabric Manager.
Oracle SDN, which supports both SPARC and x86 servers as well as the new Netra Modular System, dynamically connects any virtual machine to any resource and allows for deployment of multi-tenant environments via a private virtual interconnect, which delivers up to 80 Gb/sec server-to-server bandwidth to radically accelerate application performance. Oracle SDN also powers engineered systems like Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance.