This week, NEC unveiled a virtual switch for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hypervisor which is designed to bring OpenFlow-based software-defined networking and network virtualization to those Microsoft environments.
The NEC ProgrammableFlow PF1000 provides a single control plane for integrating server and network virtualization in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V deployments. This integration is designed to enable network automation, more rapid delivery of network services, VM mobility and consistent application of business policy across the network.
The PF1000 supports 1,280 ports per switch and up to 260,000 flows. It supports OpenFlow 1.0 and can work with any OpenFlow-enabled switches from any vendor, according to NEC.
The PF1000 runs on Hyper-V, the hypervisor Microsoft has created to compete with VMware’s. NEC also claims it’s the first virtual switch running OpenFlow. The PF1000 can support 1,280 ports (combining virtual and physical switch ports) and 260,000 data flows, NEC claims.
At the same time, NEC announced a ProgrammableFlow upgrade that includes IPv6 and OpenStack support.
So, this is actually a nice announcement for Microsoft, giving Hyper-V something to brag about versus VMware’s ESXi.