Tail-f Delivers OpenStack Functionality for Multi-Vendor Networks

Oct 24, 2013, 02:00 ET from Tail-f Systems

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tail-f Systems, a leading provider of network service programmability solutions for traditional and Software-Defined Networks (SDN), today announced its NCS plugin for OpenStack that allows organizations to automatically provision a multi-vendor network in response to OpenStack Cloud Network configuration changes. Current OpenStack plugins are constrained to single-vendors and restrain the cloud provider from using multi-vendor environments. Tail-f's NCS plugin allows OpenStack networking to simultaneously utilize the variety of layer 2 networking technologies found in complex real-world data centers.

Read a more detailed blog post: Multi-Vendor Network Provisioning and OpenStack

"We leverage OpenStack to help control large pools of compute, storage and networking resources in our TeraStream Infrastructure Cloud," said Axel Clauberg, VP Aggregation, Transport, IP (CTO-ATI) & Fixed Access (CTO-FIA), Deutsche Telekom. "Support for multi-vendor networking in these clouds is an important requirement for us. Tail-f now provides the first multi-vendor networking solution for Openstack, which is key for us."

The analyst firm 451 Group forecasts that revenue for the OpenStack service provider market will jump to $1.22 billion in 2016 from $483.5 million in 2013. OpenStack is attracting more support across the technology industry and will tie directly to service provider implementations of NFV.

"Building a universal control plane for multi-vendor infrastructure environments is the original vision behind OpenStack and is what we aim to provide to our customers," said Boris Renski, Co-Founder and CMO at Mirantis. "Support for multi-vendor networking is something we've seen customers ask for and are delighted to see vendors like Tail-f tackle this problem"

NCS OpenStack Plugin:
The NCS OpenStack plugin contains a complete service model of the OpenStack Neutron topology as well as models for the underlying network topologies such as VLAN, GRE, VXLAN. NCS transforms generic request from OpenStack into device-specific configuration changes that are deployed to the network with transactional guarantees. The plugin is built using the new Modular Layer 2 (ml2) plugin architecture of OpenStack.

"Many service provider customers are using OpenStack in SDN/NFV projects," said Hakan Millroth, CTO of Tail-f Systems. "Support for multi-vendor networking is an important requirement in these projects."

The NCS OpenStack plugin is available in the Havanna release of OpenStack.

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Tail-f Systems is a leading provider of network service programmability solutions for traditional and software-defined networks (SDN). Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Tail-f is a Red Herring Top 100 company, a Stratecast Global OSS/BSS 10 to Watch Company, and a Pipeline Network Innovations Award Finalist. www.tail-f.com.

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