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PLUMgrid Launches Virtual Network Infrastructure for Cloud Data Centers

PLUMgrid today announced the general availability of the PLUMgrid Platform, the disruptive Virtual Network Infrastructure (VNI) solution that delivers on-demand, automated and self-service data centers, resulting in new levels of IT efficiencies and productivity, and significant OPEX (operational expense) savings.

Designed for enterprises and cloud service providers building private and public cloud data centers, the PLUMgrid Platform enables customers to create, copy and deploy secure multi-tenant virtual networks in seconds.

“The PLUMgrid Platform has been deployed and tested at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto after being one of the top presentations at a Fast Pitch earlier this year,” said Abhi Ingle, Vice President, Ecosystem and Innovation, AT&T. “The technology has important implications for cloud operators as they seek to deliver cost-optimized and differentiated services.”

The software-only VNI solution is based on PLUMgrid’s IO Visor™ technology, a virtualized IO that enables the creation of on-demand programmable networks, called Virtual Domains. This new and unique capability allows businesses to completely replicate the physical network infrastructure in a virtual environment, without requiring new hardware investment or changes to existing hardware infrastructure.

“The PLUMgrid Platform was two years in the making, and our goal was to make networks as simple as a click,” said Awais Nemat, Co-founder and CEO, PLUMgrid. “We listened very closely to our customers, and today we’re bringing to market a comprehensive, extensible and open platform that enables them to quickly respond to business needs, and offer customized services that drive new revenue opportunities.”

With its open and API-based architecture, the PLUMgrid Platform allows customers to quickly and confidently integrate industry-leading services from the PLUMgrid Technology Alliance. The VNI ecosystem includes industry-leading providers of Layer 4-7 services, physical infrastructure and cloud orchestration systems. PLUMgrid’s initial 13 partners are: A10 Networks, Arista Networks, Broadcom, Cavium, Check Point Software Technologies, Citrix, Cumulus Networks, F5 Networks, Ixia, Mellanox Technologies, Palo Alto Networks, Silver Peak and Zerto.

“PLUMgrid has just enabled an IT revolution in cloud infrastructure deployment,” said Nick Lippis, Publisher, The Lippis Report. “While others talk about SDN controllers to automate virtualized networks, PLUMgrid upped the bar by creating a truly on-demand Virtual Network Infrastructure. On-demand IT service delivery has been thwarted by physical network and security appliance manual configuration. PLUMgrid’s IO Visor creates virtual network entities at the click of a mouse, enabling business unit managers and cloud providers to deliver IT services at nearly the speed of thought and a small fraction of physical networking.”

PLUMgrid Platform Highlights

The PLUMgrid Platform integrates security, operations and maintenance tools, and network visibility and analytics.

It runs on existing standard-based x86 servers to deliver dynamic and scalable virtual data center networks. Network services can be added or removed in seconds, without network disruption or downtime.

The six key components of the PLUMgrid Platform are:

  • PLUMgrid IO Visor – Enables the creation of programmable networks. It includes edges and gateways, and is deployed on the servers at the edge of the data center
  • PLUMgrid Director – The brain that coordinates and manages all platform components and functions
  • PLUMgrid Virtual Domain – A logical and secure container that defines a network environment
  • PLUMgrid Network Functions – A library of network services to configure the desired topologies in Virtual Domains, for example, router, switch, DHCP and NAT
  • PLUMgrid Console – A graphical user interface to manage, provision, monitor and troubleshoot Virtual Domains
  • PLUMgrid SDK – Language-based SDK to enable third-party developers and community to build distributed functions on top of IO Visor technology

The PLUMgrid Platform also includes easy-to-use and comprehensive RESTful APIs to integrate with custom or commercial cloud management systems, such as OpenStack™ Quantum and vCenter.

PLUMgrid Platform Use Cases

The following use cases demonstrate the benefits of the PLUMgrid Platform:

  • Private and Public Clouds – Enable cloud engineering teams to create rich, multi-tenant, self-service virtual domains. Easily onboard enterprise customers and offer them differentiated services. Drive cloud efficiency and reduce on-premise data center operational expense by offering on-demand Virtual Domains. Maximize infrastructure investment while enabling isolation of workloads
  • Development, Test and QA Environment – Easily create Virtual Domains to replicate physical data center networks for development, test and QA. Provide personalized Virtual Domains to developers without involvement of IT. Increase productivity with self-service provisioning and zero-touch configuration
  • Disaster Recovery Solution – Build a simple and no-downtime disaster recovery solution. Move Virtual Domains and services with a click. Eliminate the need to create identical primary and disaster recovery networks, and dramatically reduce time and costs by enabling seamless, virtual workload migration

Pricing and availability

The PLUMgrid Platform is immediately available in two editions, Lite and Pro, starting at $1,650/month.

Both editions are available on subscription-based pricing with an annual contract. Additional capacity and add-on features can be purchased as needed.

Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:59 AM by David Marshall
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