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Pluribus Networks Announces Network Virtualization Plug-In at the OpenStack Summit Hong Kong
Pluribus Networks, an innovator in software and hardware network virtualization platforms for the cloud, announced today a plug-in that allows developers and users to orchestrate and manage the Pluribus Networks Netvisor Fabric-based network infrastructure using OpenStack software. The company will be hosting product demonstrations this week at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong.

With Pluribus, customers achieve the full promise of open, programmable infrastructures for delivering scalable, application-aware cloud services in a unified virtual and physical network environment, while smoothly integrating with existing datacenter technologies. The company has pioneered a distributed bare-metal network hypervisor OS technology, Netvisor, along with defining the industry's first server-switch hardware platform. This powerful and innovative architectural approach unites software, merchant silicon and robust system design to bring commodity server virtualization benefits for the first time directly into the network.

Providing simplified automation of complete virtual networks to connect and protect cloud-based applications, the Pluribus Netvisor and OpenStack plug-in eliminate the need for manual configuration or changes in the underlying physical network infrastructure. The Pluribus Networks network hypervisor technology transforms OpenStack scalability by providing network service-level abstractions for large-scale multi-tenancy, powered by distributed fabric intelligence. This offloads the orchestration platform from managing individual L2-L3 Ethernet switches and L4-L7 network services, resulting in simplified operations of datacenters with up to 16 million tenants.

Users benefit from:
  • Scale: rapidly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) private and public cloud environments
  • Performance: Maximize use of available network connectivity and capacity with line rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching while improving resilience with a self-healing fabric design
  • Virtualization: Easily and dynamically allocate compute, storage, and networking services throughout the entire network stack, from Layer 1 to Layer 7
  • Visibility: Always-on analytics provide real-time visibility of physical and virtual network infrastructures
The Pluribus Networks plug-in supports the core OpenStack Neutron (formerly known as Quantum) API to interface with the Pluribus server-switches and enable the seamless provisioning of the physical and virtual network infrastructure. The plug-in supports both Linux Bridge and Open vSwitch (OVS) server hypervisor configurations with network isolation based on either VLANs or VXLANs. Advanced virtual network services, such as DHCP, IPAM, NAT, and Layer 3 routers, are provisioned using the open, programmatic interfaces on the Pluribus Netvisor platform.

"With this release, OpenStack Neutron continues to deliver key functionality in an extensible framework that can be leveraged by cloud service providers," said Sunay Tripathi, co-founder and CTO of Pluribus Networks. "Pluribus believes that the network fabric should be as programmable and open as a server while offering the performance and visibility required to operate and troubleshoot at scale. Our customers now have the programmability and hardware-vendor independence of SDN on top of the cloud automation benefits from OpenStack."
Published Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:58 AM by David Marshall
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