VMware and VeloCloud announce their networking and security strategy

It’s been a few months since VMware closed its acquisition of VeloCloud, a prominent SD-WAN provider. In that time, the two companies have worked to integrate their products, and recently they announced a unified strategy called the Virtual Cloud Network.

The strategy fully supports the migration of applications and data out of the enterprise data center to the cloud and to branches — and with IoT, pretty much anything can be considered a branch today, as VeloCloud claims to have a customer with ocean-going ships as branches. The result is that many enterprises are in a position where their applications are everywhere, and their data is everywhere. This has profound implications on the network that needs to support all of this.

It’s a foregone conclusion that the legacy network of the past 20 years can’t take enterprises into the next 20 years. Since its inception, VeloCloud has said, “The cloud is the network.” VMware is building on that strategy by assembling the pieces of a flexible, programmable network fabric designed to run everywhere that applications and data reside.

The Virtual Cloud Network provides a connectivity layer to connect everything — users, “things,” branch offices, public cloud infrastructure, private cloud infrastructure, public networking infrastructure, private networking infrastructure — all together in one consistent framework. The consistency comes from abstracting the networking away from the hardware. Instead, the networking services live in software, and they live in the cloud in a virtualization layer. VeloCloud extends that across the network to the branch offices and the cloud, supporting traditional applications as well as modern applications. Moreover, security is intrinsic to all of this.