Virtualization and cloud are the most significant transformations in IT in over 30 years, since client-server superseded the mainframe as the primary computing platform for businesses. They can deliver both business velocity and operational efficiency, provided one final barrier can be overcome -- the network. Nicira’s network virtualization platform removes this barrier by enabling the dynamic creation of scalable, fully featured, isolated virtual networks and services that are completely decoupled and independent from the physical network.
Nicira is the first company to deliver complete network virtualization. We decouple virtual networks from the physical components of the network, allowing the physical network to do what it does best: forward packets. The physical network becomes a fabric, a pool of IP capacity. Our software orchestrates and delivers the virtual networks and network services on top of the physical fabric, following the Seven Properties of Network Virtualization. It will work on any network.
The Nicira Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) allows our customers to simply and rapidly program network services on top of the physical network, rather than directly configure the it, one element at a time. NVP creates dramatically better utilization of IT assets and data by allowing all the components of IT to be treated as a flexible pool of resources.
Nicira’s founders and engineering team pioneered many of the key inventions in delivering network virtualization. In addition to our groundbreaking platform, we have been active in the industry community. Our team, including our founders Nick McKeown, Scott Shenker, and Martin Casado, led the development of OpenFlow and Open vSwitch. We serve on the board of the Open Networking Forum. In addition, our team is driving the Quantum component of OpenStack.
We are experienced leaders in networking and distributed systems, and are uniquely positioned to reinvent networking for the cloud. The insights we have gained from working with dozens of elite customers around the world helps us understand how network virtualization can serve one key goal: make the network the enabler, not the barrier, to securely unlocking the benefits of virtualization and cloud at massive scale.