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I’ve been thrilled at the response from our customers to the launch of Cloud Networks. I’ve talked to many customers who are excited to begin using this new network power in their solutions. I also spoke last week at Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., and it was exciting to see the response from the heart of the Silicon Valley. Many of the attendees were from local tech firms and they were surprised that we had implemented software-defined networks at this scale so early in the life of the technology.
In his recent blog post, Toby Owen hinted at future technology to extend our cloud into customers’ data centers. We’re working toward that end, but in the near term we want to allow our customers to create their own networks in our public cloud. To accomplish this we’re adopting cutting edge technology around Software Defined Networks (SDN). I’ll discuss our implementation of SDN more in future blogs, but for those of you at Interop this week in New York, Toby and I will present an overview of how we are using OpenFlow-based logical switches in our hypervisors. (Our session, “Taking Cloud to the Final Frontier – SDN and Network Virtualization – Presented by Rackspace Hosting,” is Thursday, October 4 at 11:00 a.m. eastern.) Managed by a Nicira controller, these switches allow users to create logical networks between compute instances.
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