At our booth at VMworld this week, we show something pretty cool. We created two virtual switches inside of a single Arista Networks physical switch and have two seperate client/targets sharing the same physical switch but are totally independent. We did it using Open Flow technology programmed by our EtherCloud software, also announced at the show. The client could use vlans or any other network over these flows without worrying about running out of VLAN space. The Open Flow switches form a "mat" of switching over which arbitraty layer two networks can be created by software. In this case our EtherCloud software.
This brings us another step closer to the programmable data center that I envisioned back in 2009 that prompted me to trudge up and down Sand Hill Road to raise money so that Coraid could be a part of this new world. I'm excited to see our demo and to see the world begin to understand the huge advance in managing the data center that technologies like ours and Open Flow brings.