Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pluribus Develops Virtualization-Centric Fabric

Pluribus Networks introduced its Virtualization-Centric Fabric (VCF), its SDN architectural approach based on proven approaches to networking, clustering, management and resiliency.

Pluribus VCF, which is available now as part of the company's family of Netvisor operating systems for open switches, is a completely virtualized networking fabric with macro segmentation capabilities and flow-level visibility.

Key attributes of Pluribus VCF include:

Virtualized networking fabric - the creation of a virtualized networking fabric at the hardware layer in dedicated switches, rather than consuming server-level resources. Each switch participates in the switching fabric as an equal partner, with complete visibility into the entire network and its end-points and flows.

Virtual fabric automation - maintains virtualized connectivity across the entire fabric, regardless of the number of switches or intermediaries involved.

Virtual Port (vPort) and Virtual Network (vNet) segmentation - at the macro and micro levels, enabling any source and destinations, physical or virtual, to be combined into virtual networks.

Virtual TAP - provides visibility to information that flows between any source and destination, physical or virtual. Virtual flow (vFlow) management, enabling sessions to be copied, re-directed or terminated via user or programmatic command.

Virtual fabric API - allows advanced applications to take advantage of the fabric as a single entity, using common programming interfaces including REST, Java, JSON and C++.

Fabric-wide Command Line Interface (CLI) - allowing interaction from any point to the entire fabric, making simple changes that span the infrastructure. This ensures compatibility with existing tools, processes and associated management best practices.

Relies on industry-standard TCP/IP protocols - providing full compatibility with existing networking infrastructures, and the use of existing spines and backbones during the transition to a more agile topology.

“In the data center networking space, Pluribus’ advanced fabric technology was exactly the approach we were looking for as we developed our hyperscaled Cloud solutions, like our recently announced HDS8000. Pluribus shares our vision of elastic capacity, with deep visibility and control,” said Howard Wu, Head of Product Line, Hyper Cloud Solution, Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson. “Ericsson has a long standing expertise in optical networking and when combined with Pluribus’ VCF fabric architecture, our customers will realize a level of on-demand and subscription capabilities not available anywhere else.”


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