Microsoft and Cisco have joined forces to deliver a new range of virtualization solutions that the companies hope will offer improved scalability and operational control using the Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisor. The updated hypervisor will combine advanced Cisco networking features, but will not undermine existing IT management processes.
Dynamic provision management has been incorporated into the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch, which will greatly simplify management of real and virtual infrastructure. The update will also allow for virtual machine-level visibility and virtualized security controls that are consistent with physical offerings from Cisco.
Scalability is the main area of improvement, but administrators will also find collaboration much easier. Cisco is also looking to focus on mobile virtual environments and real-time data troubleshooting.
Moving into the mobile infrastructure sector could change the way Cisco looks at security across its virtual environments. Particularly in light of comments from Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of IT specialist Wick Hill Group, who claimed that two-factor authentification has become a necessity.