IP Infusion Unveils Virtual SD-Edge for High Performance in Hybrid Cloud Environments

IP Infusion | July 01, 2020

IP Infusion Unveils Virtual SD-Edge for High Performance in Hybrid Cloud Environments
IP Infusion, a leading provider of network disaggregation solutions for telecom and data communications operators, today announced the general availability of the Virtual SD-Edge router. The Virtual SD-Edge router may be deployed on x86 servers or public cloud services, and securely extends WAN connectivity into hybrid cloud environments for Enterprises and MSPs. The Virtual SD-Edge router, the first product available within IP Infusion’s Open SD-Edge platform, supports enterprise class networking features such as routing, VPN, firewall, NAT and QoS in a comprehensive package. Virtual SD-Edge provides carrier class routing and enables multiple use cases, including cloud migration, branch to cloud as well as multi-site, multi-cloud connectivity.

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The history of virtualization explained by Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Hyper-V is sometimes mistaken for a Type 2 virtualization solution. This is because unless you are using the stand-alone version, you require an operating system. Without the Hyper-V role installed, the operating system uses a HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) to access the hardware. When Hyper-V is installed, the HAL is replaced by a Hypervisor and the operating system and virtual machines access the hardware through the hypervisor. So essentially the hypervisor is a HAL with additional features required for virtual machines.

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The history of virtualization explained by Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Hyper-V is sometimes mistaken for a Type 2 virtualization solution. This is because unless you are using the stand-alone version, you require an operating system. Without the Hyper-V role installed, the operating system uses a HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) to access the hardware. When Hyper-V is installed, the HAL is replaced by a Hypervisor and the operating system and virtual machines access the hardware through the hypervisor. So essentially the hypervisor is a HAL with additional features required for virtual machines.