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Pluribus Networks Virtualization-Centric Fabric (VCF) Delivers Open Data Center Interconnect (DCI) Solution for the Enterprise and Cloud
Pluribus Networks, the premier network fabric and analytics provider, today announced at the Open Network User's Group conference being held in New York its latest set of Virtualization-Centric Fabric (VCF) services called Open Data Center Interconnect (DCI). The Pluribus Open DCI solution is delivered in its flagship Open Netvisor Linux (ONVL) platform on OCP and ONIE-compliant switching platforms like those from Dell and Edgecore, and is based on industry-standard VXLAN technology. Pluribus Open DCI empowers enterprise and cloud customers with an easy-to-use, highly available and cost effective solution that can be seamlessly inserted into any existing network. 

Pluribus Open DCI enables geographically dispersed data centers to be deployed in active-active and active-standby configurations to facilitate a wide range of disaster recovery and business continuity strategies, along with support for dynamic workload mobility. Furthermore, as a VCF service, the visibility inside these DCI tunnels is inherent, making capacity planning and resource utilization studies available at the touch of a button.

The Pluribus VCF architecture is a powerful integrated network services platform that directly supports the modern business demands being placed on the IT function, such as DCI. Pluribus VCF enables future enterprise and cloud data centers to move towards open environments with higher degrees of agility, security, visibility and business relevance.

The need to deploy traditionally expensive and proprietary DCI hardware that must be replaced every few years as business requirements change has been eliminated by placing these higher-level services in the Pluribus ONVL 2.5 VCF. According to an April 2016 research paper by analyst firm Gartner, end-users should "Consider Ethernet fabric as an easier-to-deploy/manage underlay network platform for your overlay SDN solutions or as an integrated network fabric that not only delivers network services across physical and virtual networking, but also provides a unified management platform."

"Simplifying DCI is a great example of one of those modern data center requirements that can be easily addressed by VCF," says Sunay Tripathi, CTO of Pluribus Networks. "The ability to stretch the VLAN construct across data centers using VXLAN, and do so in software alone running on open networking hardware, demonstrates the true power of disaggregating networking hardware and software."

Pluribus ONVL 2.5 builds on its leadership fabric and visibility capabilities to deliver Open DCI services and extend its award-winning VCF Insight Analytics (VCF-IA) visibility solution to the VXLAN DCI topology. VCF-IA leverages the infrastructure itself to provide deep flow and packet visibility to traffic and business services spanning these data centers, which is an essential requirement for DCI capacity planning and performance optimization.

The Pluribus ONVL-powered Open DCI solution delivers the following capabilities:

  • Multi-site L2 extension interoperable without any modification to existing L2/L3 networks. No need for complex multicast or EVPN configurations.
  • L2 extension with VXLAN Tunnel Endpoint (VTEP) redundancy, high-availability with active-active forwarding and optimal traffic load balancing.
  • Fast 100-millisecond re-convergence in all link and node failure scenarios.
  • Loop free and ARP broadcast suppression across the DCI links.
  • Enables end-point mobility and optimal traffic steering.

The Pluribus Virtualization-Centric Fabric delivers an advanced Open DCI solution with:

  • Endpoint connection and application visibility inside VXLAN tunnels integrated with the Pluribus VCFcenter platform.
  • Single point of management across multiple sites for ease of provisioning and monitoring.

ONVL 2.5 is available now for OCP and ONIE-compatible industry-standard switches such as the Dell S4048-ON, S6000-ON and S6010-ON 10G/40G switches as well as the Edgecore AS5712, AS5812 and AS6712 platforms.

Published Monday, October 24, 2016 5:20 PM by David Marshall
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