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PLUMgrid Advances Cloud Networking in OpenStack Havana Release

PLUMgrid, the leader in Virtual Network Infrastructure (VNI), today announced the inclusion of the PLUMgrid Platform plug-in as a distributed and supported plug-in in the OpenStack Neutron project now available with the OpenStack Havana release.

With the Havana release, PLUMgrid engineers and core OpenStack Neutron developers have collaborated to shape the network services architecture of OpenStack to enable delivery of an expanded set of network functionality.

“In cooperation with OpenStack users and partners, PLUMgrid has created a rich and extensible virtual network infrastructure for cloud operators,” said Pere Monclus, CTO and co-founder, PLUMgrid. “The PLUMgrid plug-in leverages the Neutron framework for virtual network implementations on OpenStack clouds, and advances cloud networking by meeting the scale-out requirements of enterprises and service providers in a simple, fully automated way.”

The PLUMgrid Platform is an open and highly programmable solution that provides a natural integration with the OpenStack Neutron networking service. It enables OpenStack cloud builders to expand networking capabilities, increase scalability and reduce complexity. The PLUMgrid plug-in exposes functionality available through OpenStack networking APIs, and interacts directly with the hypervisor layer to allow tenants to provision virtual network topologies, called Virtual Domains, on demand.

“With this release, OpenStack Neutron continues to deliver key functionality in an extensible framework that can be leveraged by cloud builders and network vendors alike,” said Edgar Magana, Senior Member of Technical Staff at PLUMgrid and core OpenStack Neutron developer. “The addition of load-balancing, VPN and firewall support to Neutron empowers PLUMgrid customers to automate the creation of complete virtual network infrastructures in their OpenStack clouds.”

Providing simplified automation of complete VNIs to connect and protect cloud-based applications, the PLUMgrid plug-in eliminates the need for manual configuration or changes in the underlying physical network infrastructure. Users benefit from:

  • Increased Control – Fully isolated Virtual Domains for projects / BUs / Tenants
  • Advanced Functionality – Distributed bridges, routers, NAT, DHCP, security services and more
  • Increased Scale – Fully distributed virtual solution to meet cloud-scale needs
  • Network Services – Easily expose new networking functions through Neutron
  • Visibility – PLUMgrid Analytics provides real-time visibility of virtual and physical network

Supporting Partner Quotes


“Ubuntu OpenStack, the most broadly adopted OpenStack Distribution delivered with Support and Services, now will include and support the PLUMgrid Platform Neutron plug-in, delivering Ubuntu OpenStack-based clouds with a complete virtual network infrastructure solution that meets the scale-out needs of carriers, service providers and enterprise,” said Kyle MacDonald, Vice President, Cloud & Ubuntu OpenStack, Canonical.


“PLUMgrid provides a powerful networking platform for extending OpenStack networking capabilities,” said Joshua McKenty, CTO and co-founder, Piston. “Automating the ability to create, copy and migrate complete network topologies as virtual domains is a key capability in scaling OpenStack clouds.”

Red Hat

“For OpenStack’s true value to shine in the enterprise, it requires a strong ecosystem of global technology leaders to come together and collaborate,” said Mike Werner, Senior Director, Global Ecosystems, Red Hat. “Red Hat is pleased to be collaborating with PLUMgrid as part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network as we work to build the industry’s broadest OpenStack ecosystem, working together to bring choice and the full power of OpenStack to enterprise customers.”

Published Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:48 AM by David Marshall
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