Thursday, October 2, 2014

Oracle Adds Virtual Networking OpenStack Neutron plug-in

Oracle announded a Virtual Networking OpenStack Neutron plug-in based on the OpenStack Icehouse release.  This enables Oracle’s SDN and network fabric capabilities to be created, provisioned and managed by the OpenStack framework.

Oracle said its SDN implementation virtualizes the SAN and LAN infrastructures by defining connectivity in software, giving users the flexibility and agility needed for cloud-enabled Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service deployments. By consolidating both SPARC and x86 systems on a single fabric, Oracle Virtual Networking can reduce infrastructure complexity by 70 percent and cut capital expenditures by up to 50 percent.

The new plug-in allows OpenStack-based cloud deployments to virtually eliminate VLAN exhaustion. The Oracle SDN is able to dynamically deploy thousands of completely segregated L2 networks on the fabri.

OpenStack is fully integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM.

Earlier this year, Oracle acquired Corente, a start-up developing software-defined WAN virtualization technology, for an undisclosed sum.  Oracle already offers a LAN virtualization platform, so the deal extends its SDN portfolio for cloud services covering both the enterprise data center LAN and the WAN.

Corente, which is based in Bernardsville, New Jersey, offers a virtualization platform that accelerates the deployment of distributed and cloud-based applications services.  Key components of the offering include:

  • Corente Cloud Services Exchange:  A cloud-based service delivery platform that establishes trusted network services between public or private cloud data centers and any location over any IP network
  • Corente Services Gateway: An integrated virtual appliance that provides secure endpoints for private networks that are connected over global IP networks with zero-touch installation and service activation
  • Corente Services Portal: Secure, role-based access to service life cycle management tools for both service operators and service subscribers.

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