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ConteXtream Demonstrates Network Virtualization Software At Open Networking Summit 2012

ConteXtream, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-scale network virtualization, today announced the company will demonstrate its commercially shipping ConteXtream Grid software at the Open Networking Summit 2012. ConteXtream will demonstrate the Grid Software's unique distributed controller technology, which represents a fundamental shift from competitive Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solutions which advocate a centralized controller approach. A fully distributed control plane is superior to a centralized controller approach for ensuring consistency and coherency between the data and control planes, a key challenge for the SDN architecture that calls for separation of the two. Open Networking Summit 2012 will take place April 16 -18 at the Santa Clara, California.

The ConteXtream Grid is a distributed virtual L4-7 switch based on the principles of SDN. The solution works as a Distributed Edge Overlay on existing networks to connect an unlimited number of geographically-distributed endpoints to a flat network. ConteXtream Grid uses OpenFlow as an interface to configure each virtual machine (VM) in the system to forward its traffic to the Grid. With ConteXtream Grid, customers can offer tenants sophisticated networking and security services, achieve optimal utilization of physical resources, reduce capital costs for network infrastructure and drive down operational expenditures.

"What is needed in the market today is a smarter edge to the existing networks," said Joel Brand, vice president of marketing at ConteXtream. "By implementing a Distributed Edge Overlay using our Grid software, enterprises and service providers can re-purpose the underlying infrastructure they already have in place and build exactly the type of network they desire. Our unique approach implements a fully distributed control plane as opposed to relying on a centralized controller. It allows organizations to build smarter private, public, and hybrid clouds, where business logic is independent of physical configuration of the network."

ConteXtream Grid software simplifies network build-up, administration, and management, and eliminates scalability challenges associated with VLANs, Spanning Tree and flooding-based address learning. With ConteXtream Grid software, IT organizations no longer need to retrofit legacy solutions, limit virtualization zones, or constantly reconfigure networking infrastructure. ConteXtream Grid software is both hypervisor and networking equipment independent, enabling customers to maximize their ROI from previous investments in networking and virtualization solutions.

Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012 6:26 PM by David Marshall
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