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Bill Long, Equinix, and Sanjay Uppal, SVP & GM of VMware, join Stu Miniman for coverage of VMworld 2020.
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Q&A: VMware VeloCloud and Equinix virtualize the network edge
BY DIEGO ASTURIAS
Equinix is one of the primary meeting points for cloud providers, ISPs, MPLS providers, end users and more. One of the most interesting Equinix offerings is its Performance Hubs, which allows organizations to bring hardware resources to the network edge, extending their networks into the Equinix’s IBX data centers to be closer to the end user.
The edge network that Equinix provides not only lowers latency to the end user, but also offers improved performance for cloud-delivered SD-WAN providers like VeloCloud, according to Bill Long (pictured, left), senior vice president of product management at Equinix Inc. Now, VMware’s VeloCloud, with its state-of-the-art SD-WAN solution, is capable of connecting Equinix’s Performance Hubs together so end users will have the same reliability and speed as if they were physically in the same private network.
Long and Sanjay Uppal (pictured, right), senior vice president and general manager of the VeloCloud Business Unit at VMware Inc., spoke with Stu Miniman, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during VMworld. They discussed the VMware and Equinix partnership, VeloCloud architecture, Secure Access Service Edge, Project Monterey, and Equinix’s Packet, a leading bare metal automation platform. (* Disclosure below.)
[Editor’s note: The following has been condensed for clarity.]
Bill, I want to start with that [VMware/Equinix] partnership.
Long: So as people are moving more to a distributed hybrid multicloud type of architecture, they want to be able to get their infrastructure deployed out further, closer to their users. Previously, to do that they had to actually physically deploy the hardware. So the exciting partnership with VMware is what we’re doing with VeloCloud, where you can actually deploy the SD-WAN infrastructure on a virtualized basis, spin up the VeloCloud infrastructure, and have your SD-WAN solution without actually having to ship physical equipment.
So, Sanjay, I’d love to hear a little bit about the architecture of your service?
Uppal: So the software-defined part of this right from the get-go for VeloCloud now at VMware was to make this [WAN infrastructure] really to be simple and automated. And how do you get simplicity and automation? Well, you take most of the complexity out. And the way that we took the complexity out was to collapse all of that hardware at the endpoint and make it one very simple, easy-to-deploy appliance. And then on the other end, the collocated entities, where we had our software-defined, WAN gateways, there was the physical infrastructure that was required, and Equinix has been a partner to get those gateways deployed at the SD-WAN points of presence.
The great thing now is that you don’t have to deploy all that hardware at the hub endpoints. All you do is use Equinix’s network edge. You get our SD-WAN gateways, deploy them as software, and now you can also scale it.
Does SD-WAN fit into those [hybrid multicloud] environments where we’re connecting clouds?
Long: You have the hub, which might be like a branch office location, and the spoke, which would be the head office. So, what’s important is, you want that hub to be the place where most ISPs or internet service providers are, such that you’re aggregating that traffic efficiently locally. And then you want to make sure you’re getting that traffic over to a cloud as efficiently as possible.
So in the locations where we have the VeloCloud gateway and the network edge solution, they’re all located together. So it’s a local place where the ISP networks terminate so you can originate that traffic from any kind of branch office location. You can then get it into the VeloCloud edge and then out to the cloud.
Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of VMworld. (* Disclosure: Equinix Inc. sponsored this segment of theCUBE. Neither Equinix nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)
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From around the globe. It's the cue with digital coverage of vmworld 2020 brought to you by the end where and its ecosystem partners. Welcome back. I'm stupid Amanda. This is the cubes coverage of vmworld 2024 to believe our 11th year covering the event. Of course, the first year, it is a global virtual event Capital. Welcome to the program were to be talkin about some of the multi Cloud networking. So first from equinix, I bill long. He's a senior vice president of product management and joining him. It was the founder of yellow Cloud Sunday, Paul. He's the senior vice
president, general manager, for suicide, note part of the bill and Sanjay. Thanks, thank you so much for joining us. All right. So bill would we had Sanjay on the program last year? It hard to believe, you know. Sasha and I were talking to you too. It's been over two years since the acquisition of Bella, cloud. Of course, SD Wan has been real growth. Equinix is gone through, you know, this is changes. You have an acquisition. I want to talk about a little bit later, but since we're at vmworld Bill, want to start with that that partnership that most people know, like, when next, you got
data centers around the globe, you've got direct connection to the big public clouds and obviously one partnership with VMware. So bring us up-to-date obviously with our data centers. There's tons of virtual machines running running in our data centers today as we each other. So I asked if we're moving more to distributed hybrid multi Cloud, the type of architecture special even with the work from home with covid-19 out of Further closer to their users.
I'm in previously to do that bad. Actually, physically, deploy, Hardware. I'm so exciting sort of evolution the partnership with Dan, where is what we're doing? Bella Cloud where you can actually buy the sty on infrastructure. I'm on a, on a virtualized bases, spin-up, spin up the novella Cloud infrastructure to have. You ask Dewayne solution without actually having to Bishop physical equipment. So what is you in for a customer's? It's allowing him to really move to that distributed hybrid multi Cloud architecture. Without without a lot of ate, their requirement that
were previously previously. There for shipping in Appliance installing the appliance wiring it up sweets were free to play all of that made to buying experience much more fluid. I would just super fortuitous timing, given to the environment they were all in today where you can't just hop on a plane and fly in somewhere and install it. So it's a long-term relationship and were super thrilled to have them on the network Edge platform today so it can be Enable virtually not just visit. Sanjay, you know, if I want to follow up on the bill, was just talking about their,
of course, being acquired by VMware, being a software solution, makes a lot of sense in that Vision that we've had for 4/4 sdn. For any of the was, I want to get rid of the physical sciences. We want to make it much easier to be able to deliver those services. So let you know what to hear a little bit especially here in 2020. Did the architecture of your service, just makes it easy to play easy to help customers. Do what they need to do and it's all about the Simplicity and automation this whole thing about software-defined when or SD man came about because customers wanted really
difficult to have stacks of these physical appliances that they under diploid and every Network and then in a hub-and-spoke model weather, Hogs were there to deploy another set of appliances. So the software-defined part of this right from the get-go available. Now at VMware was to make this really be simple. An automated. How do you get Simplicity and automation, where you take most of the complexity out and the complexity of that Hardware at the endpoint and make it one, very simple, easy to deploy a line. And then the other end, which is the one that did was just joking about the
collocated. Entities, where we had our software-defined when gateways in a partner right from 2013 to get those gateways deployed at the Estevan points of presence the greeting now. And he has a great thing now is that you don't have to deploy Hardware at The Hobbit Point. All you do is use equinoxes Network Edge. You get out at steer and gateways and now you can also check the service at the deployed in exactly the same way. There's often just discussion of hybrid multi cloud and sometimes it's a little hard to wrap, our brains around. What customers are doing? I know when I toured
Datacenter, like one of your, it really do. You know, you can understand what's happening. What what I'm curious about is your data centers to be connecting between clouds. Could just be, I'm connecting a cable over a couple of rows or I got an entry connect to AWS to Azure or the or the light. Does Estevan fit into those environments where we're connecting clothes is in a way where does and you know, maybe maybe there's some areas that SD wind doesn't fit in between ostyn has been Rick really that interconnected fabric helping customers do their multi-cloud. I'm just curious in your
world, kind kind of the parameters. Might be like a branch off location where you want to bring that traffic into to the, to the eu's case you just described. But what's important is you want that hug to be the place where the most isps internet, service providers are such that you're aggravating, that traffic is especially locally and then you want to make sure you're getting that traffic over to a cloud as efficiently as possible. So luckily I need a location. What's so special about those is not just In the
locations where we have Lavell Cloud Gateway and the end the network solution, they're all located together. So you have, it's a local place where the ISP networks terminate. So you can originated that traffic from my home office worker or any kind of branch office location. You can get it into the cloud out to the cloud and most the time. Those rascally actually, physically in equinix data center, solution has has the least amount of hops can have the least amount of latency high-performance fewest amount of points. Of failure, is really a very
efficient architecture to be there. In a course, I'm with Wes Ora network, switch reverse. It's also a pretty cost-effective as well. Yeah, absolutely no eyes, as Bill pointed out, Estevan, 30, solve problems. So it is used to start off as a branch office solution. But it's the, the name does anything, that is specific only to Branch offices when you get to my cloud and you have any information that needs to go. Let's say from one of the public Cloud providers Amazon to another one, equinix is a perfect location to do that because both of us, Cloud providers,
and others needed equinix. And then also the network providers meet at equinix software that directs the traffic, and that's tears. It between Cloud providers from Equinox is the perfect meeting point. We are at esteban's software, that's kind of like the traffic cop. That steals the traffic around wonderful and it was talking earlier about the secure, access service edge. Sassy, I keep having to go through my head. It's not as though, Address stamped envelope anymore but still help us understand, you know what, equinix
deliver this environment. So we know you've got a great footprint and not only the cloud Partnerships but really locations and help us get to that. Do you know, the customers Edge is very similar to what we were talking about earlier. Looking for an efficient way to base, we originated traffic closest to the user such as the highest performance being over 200 right out around the world means that we can be local to where they actually want to be so connected to all the Iced Teas that are local Sebring that traffic again. And then you
can provide a security perimeter around that today. Like what the edge incense and what, they develop a solution has. But it also when you want to check that out to the rest of your infrastructure, whether that's one of the ten thousand Enterprise customers today. Call there as well. So it really asked. Is that hug for bringing you in to be able to officially originate that that traffic? I'm into one of these platforms and then I was talking about with the software layer on top filled with secure it and really ought to know do special routing with the
traffic sites that it has a high performance in his in his more secure. So making sure that it's distributed efficient you know, abrogation of local traffic but then also have the option to be able to turn it down to whoever you want to connect out. I'm some of the, some of the ways that that we seen that evolved on you to sign, Joe talked about that, do it works out only for branch off the work from home users as well. The fact that people were local in our data center and as traffic, we saw earlier this year as much as a 40% increase, in some locations in traffic in order to scale that
it was a matter of just setting up a couple cross-connect. I'm instead of having to alter, you know, 2 /, 200 gig circuits from a network service provider. So, having all those pieces A single location really helps unlock the potential of The Sassy architecture. Sunday. What what what it what are the items that caught everybody's attention in the keynote is is Project Monterey you know we went did the cloud native with a project Pacific last year. Now really going deep with Monterey for for a i and Edge. There's some similarities between the branch a technology
that that you said we started with would Bellow Cloud does St. Winfield fit into this Monterey discussion. When we talked about Edge and then feel like I expect this is somewhere, we're packets, it's in, so if we want to hear your commentary on it too, is traffic comes from all these locations or whether it is, then they come and they meet at the meeting point. One of the best meeting point is equinix, and then at that meeting point, you can analyze the traffic. Obviously, you want to keep privacy and
Security in mind, you can add additional Security Services as you go over to the whole idea behind. Sake. If you're going to actually get this traffic and bring it to the meeting point, the meeting point of the perfect places to add the additional security, whether this webpage security, or it is firewall security, you add that there and then the traffic goes on to its final. Destination is Bill was talking about and that Final Destination may be a cloud provider it. Maybe to another carrier in, on a BLS provider, or maybe just back to the Enterprise is data center. At the whole idea here is
that you collect the traffic, you can also analyze parts of it. I can keep in privacy in mine, and this is where he comes in, because you can have specific algorithms going on and figure out when something goes wrong in the network. How to recognize that and how to self-heal to self healing is one of those areas that we are working on but the infrastructure that we're putting in place between Equifax and us is a necessary building block to be able to get to that self-healing, you know, and state that we're all looking forward to Great bill hibbitts on the HPC. Am I right? That this
is something that package going to help with absolutely Sanjay was highlighting the ability to care about but as I mentioned it it it previously required even if you want to have the physical servers that there's being petty on and that was a barrier to people adopting the hybrid multi got architectures to what we done with the acquisition of packet is a basically free deploying infrastructure that you can download without it whatever you want on top of that such that you can use a sassy type of architecture to
originate and secure your traffic and then directly into a set of pre pre deployed infrastructure and clear. What we're trying to do is it were still sort of the place that you put your workload but instead of having to ship physical equipment for just pre-deployment, the infrastructure for you so far. You're really have infrastructure software speed but we still will continue to stop really fit if it at the software layer. So what did the packet acquisition was really? About was removing one of those barriers of having it physically to play equipment,
such as infrastructure, much more quickly, and without those without the constraints and in time and capex requirements of actually having system to the play physical equipment. Yeah, they are definitely in. That's why, you know, I've heard quite a bit about package at the Amazon shows that the last couple years, so exciting and he seems like a solid fit not only for equinix but not to expand the partnership in a long partnership. Any specific customer examples that you might be able to share even if it's anonymized, as you know, how SD way and really helping helping customers
along with their business challenges. Yeah, we're about a couple grapefruits, a concept come along right now there's a manufacturing company that we're working with other needs to be able to localize traffic from one of their, they're both are at their headquarters and a couple their factories consider looking to be able to, to aggregate that trap locally and then connect it to their to their infrastructure. That's actually physically in equinix. So this is it, this is a g, a solution. We got a scale.
Wonderful Sunday, I want to give you and Bill final words, final takeaways, you want people to have, it would be guarding the partnership and be humble funny. Funny 2013, and we value this relationship, it started off by us, staying right in the beginning. The cloud is the network that was a mantra right from the get-go. One of the meeting places for the flower was equinix and we so we located on Estevan Gateway. Is there it did? Require Hardware infrastructure to be put in, but of course, people would much rather have a lot to insert rolling, out
hardware and some came along and said he have this perfectly in a good thing. Call. Nicolas Cage, doesn't require to put all your Hardware in, you can get your Estevan a software deployed and so we meet at Gateway into a virtual edge of the context of The Specific Enterprise. And now literally at the click of a button, you can deploy a virtual Hedges at equinix, locations do not rule out any specific hardware and from that meeting point you can get I'll probably do you know many of the mpls providers and then get access in low latency. Latency is now the criteria everybody's looking at it. So
between what bill is doing what we're doing here, is solving the Enterprise's problem using the latency, getting all that entry point at this meeting place. So thank you. Thank you Sonia. Thank you. You summed it up really well. I think it's odd. You highlighted the value has been there for a long time of of what it means to have a grade s here and solution in the right place. I'm going to take now with what we've done together by making it available on a point-and-click. We really have the Easy Button I'm in so I know from in your customer conversations that I've had it requested for
fellow Cloud, being available Network Edge, now that it's there and there's going to be a lot of unlocked now that we have an easy. But so I think it's a combination of evaluate easy. I'm going to take the partnership's, just going to get stronger from here. Lowering the latency to be able to join to play the solutions. Faster is what customers need need Sanjay. Bill, thank you so much for joining us. Congrats on the on the progress and look forward to hearing more in the future. Thanks to thanks. I stay with us for more coverage from being world twenty20. I'm stupid and thank you for
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