PARIS, Nov. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OPENSTACK SUMMIT -- PLUMgrid, a leading innovator of virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds, has announced today that it has incorporated third party open source SDN functions from OpenContrail, Quagga, Bird, and pfSense on the PLUMgrid Platform™ to provide a single service insertion architecture that simplifies and accelerates the adoption of virtual network services.
Built for enterprises and service providers deploying SDN/NFV infrastructure, PLUMgrid Platform is designed as an extensible architecture that serves as the foundation for the creation and management of L2-L7 virtual network services. With support for modular service insertion, the PLUMgrid architecture is capable of adding third party services from PLUMgrid partners or community-built open source software modules and support service chaining.
A New Way to Deploy Open Source SDN
Leveraging Docker based containers or virtualized machines for service insertion, the PLUMgrid Platform provides a segmented data center environment through Virtual Domains™ to run open source SDN, thus enabling users to develop, test or deploy SDN/NFV rapidly.
The open source SDN and network functions that have been validated are:
- OpenContrail, an open source SDN suite based on Apache 2.0 License, provides controller and virtual router services.
- Quagga, distributed as part of GNU public license, provides open source routing protocols such as OSPF, BGP, and IS-IS for Unix based hosts.
- Bird, an Internet routing daemon, offers IPv4, IPv6, OSPF, BGP, etc.
- pfSense, an open source firewall and router distribution, provides a wide range of functions for stateful firewall, captive portal, and VPNs.
Delivering Agility for SDN and NFV Deployments
The above four open source SDN software were selected for incorporation into the PLUMgrid Platform based on user demand. With the myriad of open source SDN and NFV projects, users were able to leverage a platform based approach to build on top with more control on configuration, service definition, and management. PLUMgrid Platform ensures high availability with intelligent restart for processes without impact to data plane forwarding.
Comprehensive Operations and Management
With PLUMgrid Life Cycle Manager and Console, users can automate deployment, while using simple click-and-drop configuration and management of services. Monitoring and health reporting is supported through the PLUMgrid Operations Center.
The platform based approach also provides consistency and common set of tools with open APIs. The PLUMgrid Platform ships with native tools for network visibility and analytics. The platform provides powerful insights into the virtual network health that help data center operators quickly and easily identify failures and performance issues in the network.
"Enterprises and operators, who are building out private clouds, are evaluating open source and proprietary virtual network functions as part of SDN/NFV. With the PLUMgrid Platform, we are offering a common service insertion architecture with containerized Docker architecture for them to develop, integrate, and deploy virtualized network services rapidly."
—Pere Monclus, CTO and co-founder, PLUMgrid Inc.
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PLUMGrid at OpenStack Summit Paris
Visit PLUMgrid at OpenStack Summit Paris, November 3-7 at Palais des congres in booth E18. We will demonstrate PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite and participate in the Demo Theater.
About PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) for OpenStack
PLUMgrid ONS for OpenStack is a comprehensive software suite that enables scalable and secure virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds. Deployed by service providers and enterprises, PLUMgrid ONS provides terabits of scale out performance, production grade resiliency, and secure multi-tenancy for hybrid data centers. Built on PLUMgrid Platform and IO Visor™ technology, the software suite lets users create private Virtual Domains™ to provide isolation, security, and policy enforcement across tenants. Designated as OpenStack Compatible by the OpenStack Foundation, PLUMgrid ONS supports industry's broadest distribution including Canonical, Mirantis, Oracle, Piston, Red Hat, and SUSE.
PLUMgrid is an innovator of secure and scalable virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds. Founded in 2011, PLUMgrid provides software networking solutions that enable hybrid data centers to connect tenants, applications, and workloads efficiently across hypervisors, virtualized, bare metal, and container based architectures. PLUMgrid is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. and is funded by venture capital and strategic investors. Visit www.plumgrid.com, read the PLUMgrid blog and follow the company on Twitter @PLUMgrid.