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Monday, March 2, 2020

Pluribus integrates with Dell EMC Virtual Edge Platform 4600

Pluribus Networks has integrated its UNUM unified management platform onto the Dell EMC Virtual Edge Platform 4600 (VEP4600), a purpose-built open modular platform designed to host VNFs (virtual networking functions).

Pluribus UNUM is an agile, multi-functional web management portal for a distributed and controllerless Adaptive Cloud Fabric solution. UNUM has two key modules - UNUM Fabric Manager and UNUM Insight Analytics - both contained within the UNUM management platform. UNUM Fabric Manager provides comprehensive GUI-based management including topology visualization, zero touch provisioning, automated fabric creation and fabric wide configuration management. UNUM Insight Analytics is a powerful analytics module that provides proactive insight via rich graphical dashboards and robust search functionality into the network and applications data of every flow through the fabric to assure peak operating performance to meet user experience expectations.

The latest UNUM release can be integrated into Dell Virtual Edge Platform 4600, which can handle up to 30 days of flow data and up to 500 million stored flows and also includes two Virtual Netvisor ONE machines to help manage larger, busier fabrics. In addition, all changes to the fabric now tracked and displayed via notifications dashboard for a robust audit trail of network changes.

“In today’s marketplace, it has become a business imperative to simplify network complexity, while increasing agility and speed to service for our customers,” said Alley Hasan, director of Open Networking, Dell EMC. “In utilizing UNUM on Dell EMC VEP4600, we are providing customers with another option to streamline SDN automation of single- and multi-site data center fabrics.”

“Pluribus and Dell EMC are committed to open networking and enabling service providers and enterprises to build out their data center infrastructure, including smaller and more compact single site and multi-site environments. More than ever, the need to apply SDN automation and achieve pervasive visibility across the entire data center infrastructure is critical. That’s exactly what Pluribus can deliver on top of the high-performance open networking hardware from Dell EMC,” said Kumar Srikantan, Chief Executive Officer of Pluribus Networks.

https://www.pluribusnetworks.com/

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Anana deploys Pluribus’ Netvisor ONE operating system

Anana Ltd. has deployed Pluribus’ Netvisor ONE operating system and Adaptive Cloud Fabric, along with Dell EMC Open Networking hardware, as part of a multi-site network modernization project.

Anana helps businesses to engage, communicate, respond and alert their customers across multiple channels, including phone, web, mobile, etc.

Pluribus said Anana selected its Linux-based Netvisor ONE network operating system, featuring the Adaptive Cloud Fabric running on Dell EMC Open Networking Switches, for its ability to create an SDN-controlled network fabric that federates together a large number of geographically distributed switches to appear as one logical switch, radically simplifying network operations. Pluribus’ controllerless architecture leverages the processing power inside the switches that are already deployed, distributing intelligence to every switch in the network.

Anana is also using Pluribus Insight Analytics, which leverages embedded Netvisor monitoring telemetry and packet flow data sources to enable pervasive visibility across the network, eliminating the need for expensive probes or complex monitoring overlay networks.

“With Pluribus’ controllerless SDN and Adaptive Cloud Fabric, we can dynamically move virtual machines, applications and workloads between data centers, and do maintenance without impacting customers. We can update policy across the entire network with a single command. We’re improving our service levels and customer satisfaction at the same time. Our network is highly automated, enabling us to better serve our business, and our business to better serve our customers,” said Gareth Evans, Anana Infrastructure Manager.

https://www.pluribusnetworks.com/company/news-item/anana-deploys-pluribus-networks-for-multi-site-data-center-modernization/

Monday, October 28, 2019

Next Gen Network Automation - Edge Data Centers



Data centers are becoming more distributed and smaller, says Mike Capuano, VP of Marketing, Pluribus, moving into central offices or even radio base station aggregation locations. This makes network automation absolutely critical. These smaller data centers have to become software-defined.

https://nginfrastructure.com/network-automation/



Thursday, October 10, 2019

AMS-IX deploys Pluribus to federate geographically distributed switches

The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) has deployed Pluribus Networks’ Netvisor ONE operating system and Adaptive Cloud Fabric, along with Dell EMC Open Networking hardware, as part of a multi-site network modernization project.

The installation creates an SDN-controlled network fabric that federates together a large number of geographically distributed switches to appear as one logical switch, radically simplifying network operations.

Pluribus said its controllerless architecture leverages the processing power inside the switches that are already deployed, distributing intelligence to every switch in the network. This distributed approach to automation lowers costs by eliminating the expense of multiple controllers while improving performance. AMS-IX network operators often move around from site to site, and now, from any switch, the AMS-IX team can see the entire fabric, troubleshoot the entire fabric or update policy across the fabric. This new level of automation allows AMS-IX to better serve customers while making their own operations even more efficient and cost-effective.

AMS-IX also benefits from Pluribus Insight Analytics, which leverages embedded Netvisor monitoring telemetry and packet flow data sources to enable pervasive visibility across the network, eliminating the need for expensive probes or complex monitoring overlay networks. With end-to-end visibility into all connections that traverse the entire data center fabric, AMS-IX can analyze and compare actual versus desired performance and implement corrective actions, such as changes to policy or rerouting traffic to implement on-demand changes to the infrastructure.

“Innovation and high-performance services are the foundation of Amsterdam Internet Exchange; it’s what they built their reputation on, and why they’ve led the interconnect market for 25 years,” said Kumar Srikantan, Chief Executive Officer of Pluribus Networks. “This focus on innovation and new approaches led the team to understand the compelling advantages that can be realized once the software is disaggregated from the hardware.  Their shift to open networking, with Pluribus software driving automation across the entire fabric, is now delivering the agility and flexibility they need to meet customer requirements well into the future.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pluribus introduces Netvisor-based Adaptive Cloud Fabric virtualised architecture

Pluribus Networks, developer of technology enabling software-defined networking (SDN) via its programmable, open source-based operating system Netvisor announced the next evolution of its SDN strategy with the introduction of the Adaptive Cloud Fabric virtualised architecture.

Based on the Netvisor network virtualisation software, the new Adaptive Cloud Fabric is designed to offer a simple, dynamic and secure approach to building a distributed network architecture with the capabilities of cloud-scale, elasticity and adaptability for the modern data centre.

The Pluribus Adaptive Cloud Fabric provides an optimised and resilient operating environment designed to address the requirements of enterprise and service providers with the need to support transaction-intensive applications. The fabric distributes intelligence, integrates a range of advanced network services, provides visibility of all traffic traversing the network and is designed to facilitate the transition to a software-defined data centre.

The Adaptive Cloud Fabric operates without a controller and is claimed to deliver a more dynamic and elastic network with the ability adapt to changing requirements and a range of deployment scenarios to help streamline operations, improve efficiency and lower costs.

The Adaptive Cloud Fabric can be deployed across the data centre or in specific racks, pods, server farms or hyper-converged infrastructure such as Nutanix, vSAN and VxRail. In addition, multiple geographically distributed data centres can be interconnected into a fabric over any WAN or dark fibre infrastructure. The dynamic architecture provides multi-terabit capacity with predictable latency and can support millions of concurrent connections.

Pluribus' Adaptive Cloud Fabric is based on the Netvisor software running on open networking switch hardware, offering a virtualised network OS (NOS) and providing a Layer 2 and 3 networking foundation, distributed fabric intelligence and virtualised switch hardware, similar to how VMware virtualises a bare metal server.

In addition, Netvisor vPort technology serves to extend intelligence and control to all connected endpoints, VMs, containers and mobile devices across the fabric, tracking the location, identity, policy and history for each endpoint and dynamically sharing the status to all member devices in real-time.

The fabric also features APIs that enable integration with automation tools such as Ansible and programming languages such as Python, plus integration with VMware vCenter for centralised automation of virtual application infrastructure and orchestration of physical and virtual resources and workloads.

Netvisor OS integrates telemetry for visibility across the fabric, allowing monitoring for 10, 25, 40 and 100 Gbit/s interfaces without the need for dedicated network probes. The Netvisor software can run on Open Compute Project (OCP), and Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) hardware-compliant switches, including from Dell EMC, Edgecore and Pluribus Freedom series network switches.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pluribus Advances its Network Monitoring Solution

Pluribus Networks introduced its VCFcenter -- a single pane of glass that combines a big data approach to network visibility with web-scale analytics to offer a business-level network analytics solution.

VCFcenter, which can be deployed in any new or existing campus, branch or data center, is ananalytics platform that provides a wide range of foundational services, including secure user access, common user interface and shared data repository to all of the applications that are hosted within its framework.

Pluribus said its VCFcenter allows organizations to collect and analyze contextual information about business service application flows, and can scale into the billions of flows for web-scale applications. VCFcenter and its applications provide performance metrics associated with the use of any business service, from the packet, to the network flow or even the application level.

“The Modern Enterprise is rapidly adopting software-defined and hyperconverged compute and storage solutions due to the simplicity and value they offer the end user. They are also adding big data, mobility and even IoT applications to their IT strategies,” said Tom Burns, VP and GM of Networking Products at Dell. “The network itself and the business-level analytics which can be derived from it have once again become a critical success factor for our customers. Working with Pluribus enables Dell and its partners to offer an affordable and complementary business-management solution at the network layer.”

http://www.pluribus.com

Monday, May 2, 2016

Pluribus Updates its Insight Analytics

Pluribus Networks announced a major update to its network monitoring and business analytics solution.

Pluribus  VCF Insight Analytics (VCF-IA) now provides automated metadata tagging allowing the business to get a contextualized view of their data center consumption. In addition, VCF-Insight Analytics is now available as a premier monitoring solution from Dell as part of its software-defined open networking portfolio.

Pluribus said VCF-IA 1.5 can be deployed in any data center network – either with or without other Pluribus Networks switches – to enable advanced monitoring and business analytics across a wide range of networking topologies.

“For years, enterprises have been searching for an affordable way to gain deep insight into the business operation of their data center IT systems from the network perspective, but their efforts have been severely constrained by the significant investment required,” said Mark Harris, VP of Corporate Marketing at Pluribus Networks. “Working with Dell, we have proven that customers can deploy our switching solutions to transform their data centers and realize the industry’s most cost-effective SDN.

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#MWC: Pluribus Updates SDN Software for Dell ON Switches

Pluribus Networks released a new version of its Open Netvisor Linux (ONVL) for Dell, enabling the automatic creation of fully connected mesh networking for the data center along with deep visibility and application-awareness for applications like big data, network storage and virtual desktop infrastructure.

Highlights of Open Netvisor Linux version 2.3.2 for Dell include:

  • The ability to create an agile, fully connected and single fabric regardless of the number of switches, with the added benefit of simplified deployment and maintenance of the data center network
  • Complete visibility and application-level awareness of the flow of information between applications and services for optimizing demanding applications
  • The unlocking of hardware potential found in the Dell Open Networking family of switches by providing wire-speed and low-latency switching with complete Layer-2 and Layer-3 compatibility for existing infrastructures
  • The industry’s only high-availability, fully distributed controller architecture based upon proven protocols, which also offers a familiar, but fabric-wide management interface

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pluribus Networks Announces VCF Insight Analytics

Pluribus Networks introduced a new flow-based, client-server oriented business intelligence solution that can be deployed on any data center network – regardless of manufacturer – to provide the critical operational view of the data center network for deep insight into applications for performance monitoring, troubleshooting and enhancing the effectiveness of forensic analysis and security.
for the data center.

Pluribus VCF Insight Analytics application is available in two configurations:

  • A stand-alone application that can be deployed upon any server to take advantage of the Pluribus VCF data center network already in place.
  • A packaged offering with the high performance, high-fanout-port-density (up to 64x10GE) Pluribus F64 collector appliance, which can be used to realize flow-level monitoring within existing third-party network infrastructures.

Pluribus said its VCF Insight Analytics works in conjunction with existing VCF API interfaces available within all Pluribus Netvisor powered switches. VCF Insight Analytics uses these APIs to continuously extract the time-series metadata associated with every flow in progress throughout the entire fabric, and stores these in a data repository for future analysis. VCF Insight Analytics includes a real-time analytics engine and easy to use drill-down navigation scheme to allow any particular type of flow or individual event at any point in time to be located and/or studied.

“IT organizations have historically been hobbled by the lack of affordable network insight and associated metrics, and to date, traditional hardware-based monitoring solutions have been difficult to deploy and prohibitively expensive,” said Kumar Srikantan, CEO of Pluribus Networks. “As a result, we wanted to bring deep visibility at the application level to every network and make it available to every network manager. In short, VCF Insight Analytics provides instantaneous, intuitive and uncompromised understanding of the performance of your business as seen from the network layer itself.”

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

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.”

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com




Pluribus Ports Open Netvisor Linux OS onto Dell’s ONIE compatible 10G/40G Switches



Pluribus Networks announced an agreement to port its Open Netvisor Linux operating system onto Dell’s family of Open Networking (ONIE compatible) 10G/40G switches, including the S6000-ON and S4048-ON. Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux combines the benefits of Linux with a plug-and-play, application-aware fabric, advanced network flow programming and embedded analytics and visibility capabilities. It offers interoperability with the Layer 2 and IP/BGP...


Blueprint: Ready to Evolve with SDN and Open Alternatives?



by Kumar Srikantan and Dave Ginsburg, Pluribus Networks One of the great promises of SDN is its programmability and interoperability.   Both are required if the evolution from legacy approaches in the way our networks are deployed and operated is to succeed. I’ll first look at programmability, the software and applications, and a great comparison is the evolution of the phone.  For those old enough to experience the old black handset,...


Pluribus Races Ahead in SDN with $50 Million in New Funding



Pluribus Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced $50 million in a Series D round of funding to advance its vision for unified computer, network, storage and virtualization driven by a single, open and programmable SDN platform. Pluribus features a distributed network hypervisor operating system that converges compute, network, storage and virtualization with an open, programmable approach. The platform brings full bare-metal...



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Open networking shifts the dynamics to SDN apps

The whole Open Networking revolution is really about transforming how infrastructure is built, and changing the dynamics from switches and protocols to the business applications, says Kumar Srikantan, President and CEO of Pluribus Networks.

If you think about this, it's no different that what has happened in the world of mobile devices.  Android and iOS are not really about mobile telephony but rather a platform for other applications.

Open networking is all about enabling the next generation of applications.

http://open.convergedigest.com/2015/06/open-networking-shifts-dynamics-from.html


Friday, June 26, 2015

Pluribus Partners with Super Micro Computer and Red Hat

Pluribus Networks has partnered with Red Hat and Super Micro Computer to demonstrate an open and scalable converged infrastructure.  The solution combines Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux (ONVL), Micro-Blade servers from Supermicro and Red Hat OpenStack.

“With the Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux operating system, the entire network underlay can be exported as one logical fabric via Neutron plugin and RESTful APIs. Netvisor’s VNET-based segmentation allows the fabric to be freely virtualized, with each VNET managed by its own Neutron plugin allowing multiple OpenStack and other cloud management systems to share the same network without impacting each other,” said Sunay Tripathi, Co-Founder and CTO of Pluribus Networks, “Most importantly, the much acclaimed Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux fabric-wide visibility and analytics are available also as OpenStack’s Horizon dashboard extensions. This deep interoperability with OpenStack enables a level of computing and networking convergence only dreamed about several years ago. Both NetOps and DevOps teams can take full advantage of our solution without the typical re-learning and forklift-upgrade approaches seen elsewhere.”

Pluribus Networks delivers a unique SDN approach "that can be managed much like any common server is managed today, along with complete Layer-2 and Layer-3 support to allow it to be used in all existing infrastructures."

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com
http://www.supermicro.com

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pluribus Ports Open Netvisor Linux OS onto Dell’s ONIE compatible 10G/40G Switches

Pluribus Networks announced an agreement to port its Open Netvisor Linux operating system onto Dell’s family of Open Networking (ONIE compatible) 10G/40G switches, including the S6000-ON and S4048-ON.

Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux combines the benefits of Linux with a plug-and-play, application-aware fabric, advanced network flow programming and embedded analytics and visibility capabilities. It offers interoperability with the Layer 2 and IP/BGP infrastructure already in place, including all standard management interfaces familiar to Network Operations (NetOps) professionals while also offering Linux-based Development Operations (DevOps) tools to empower the modern cloud.

“Dell wants to fundamentally change the nature of networking by focusing on openness and the disaggregation of hardware and software. With this announcement, we are expanding the Dell open networking ecosystem, showing how multiple operating systems can now offer our customers choices that complement our open hardware solutions and are flexible enough to adapt to our customers’ requirements,” said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking and Converged Infrastructure.

“With this combination of Pluribus and Dell, we are demonstrating that the value of SDN goes far beyond disaggregation of hardware and software alone. Cloud providers need security, monitoring and virtualization built in at the architectural level to enable them to compete with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other hyperscale cloud providers, and that is exactly what we are delivering with Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux running on Dell’s line of OCP-compliant open networking hardware. Together, we are changing the game!” said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO of Pluribus Networks.

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blueprint: Ready to Evolve with SDN and Open Alternatives?

by Kumar Srikantan and Dave Ginsburg, Pluribus Networks

One of the great promises of SDN is its programmability and interoperability.   Both are required if the evolution from legacy approaches in the way our networks are deployed and operated is to succeed.

I’ll first look at programmability, the software and applications, and a great comparison is the evolution of the phone.  For those old enough to experience the old black handset, the phone was a phone, and nothing more.  Fast-forward to early cell networks, and many of us, myself included, carried around flip-phones, good for texting but little else.

With the Blackberry, our lives were finally tethered to the network through email and scheduling.  But realizing its true promise as a platform was only made possible by the iPhone and Android, supporting hundreds of thousands of applications, the value of the device increasing by orders of magnitude, a Metcalf’s Law for mobility.   This is a third dimension beyond the ‘n2’ advantage of simple connectivity.

The Smartphone Revolution

In the smartphone revolution, flash storage, compute and “wireless / cellular” networking came together with a foundation based on a couple different smartphone platforms, IOS and Android, which play roles in mobile similar to the role of OpenStack in networking.  Both accelerated the “software defined” transition in the mobile world.  I am talking about software-defined-cameras, software-defined-GPS, and software-defined-maps – effectively virtualization of functions that were previously defined by single-function, aka-carte offerings etc.   In essence, the smartphone is a converged digital platform.

The advent of converged network computing appliances is creating a situation in networking similar to what the coming of the smartphone did for mobility. No longer are you just concerned with making a call (or basic L2/L3 connectivity for networking) - you are now thinking about the software and applications you can run on the platform and the capabilities that they bring.

The Need for a Network Hypervisor

The key to unlocking this value is an SDN operating system leveraging open source technology that brings together compute-network-storage into a converged operating system.  It is an offering that virtualizes not only compute and storage, but also the network (a Type 1 network hypervisor) for operational simplicity through automation.  At Pluribus, we call this the Netvisor, but given the value of this approach, we expect others to follow in our steps.


Netvisor SDN Operating System – A Distributed Network Hypervisor

It unleashes the power of the network, forming a ‘fabric’ that becomes a platform for enabling the applications of the future in a software-defined way.  And to be fair, although we talk about both Apple’s IOS and Google’s Android at the OS and application layer, when looking at hardware, Android is a much better analogy to were we are going given the choice of vendors and the various form-factors and costs.

Today’s Reality

But unfortunately, today’s reality is very different, despite some recent vendor announcements on software interoperability.   Though we’ve spoken about applications and programmability for a few years now, beginning with early OpenFlow pilots, networking gear hasn’t really changed.  Sure, vendors have added some flow programmability, but common ‘white-box’ switches offer only basic L2 and L3 and box-by-box configuration.  These are not platforms for the CIO or cloud architect to truly differentiate and keep up with advances in other data center technologies.  The network is stuck in the Blackberry-era.

Enter the Server-Switch

We realized that a converged SDN platform requires an application-centric approach to infrastructure that fuses server and switch capabilities with a high-performance control architecture.   Recently, the value of fusing network and compute was evident in the Facebook Wedge announcement, and ODMs are beginning to deliver platforms with these capabilities.  But just server switch hardware is not sufficient if not driven by a sophisticated SDN operating system as described earlier.

And this is not just a science project, as some have made SDN out to be.  At the recent ONUG conference in NYC, capabilities enabled by a converged overlay and underlay approach – single point of management, analytics, network virtualization, and application hosting – were key requirements from CIOs.

A Word on Interoperability

Jumping to interoperability, the premise in SDN is that vendors must take the best of open source, adding to it where required, contributing where they can, and avoiding lock-in.  Server-switches and converged SDN platforms offer this openness, abstracting the open hardware from the network applications, the choice through ‘disaggregation’ we read so much about.  This approach contrasts to the last two decades of networking where vendors have built fortresses around their hardware and software and where CIOs are tied to legacy network vendor hardware refresh cycles.

The elements that are converging to permit SDN to deliver on its promise, finally evolving the network from the Blackberry era, are therefore:

  • An SDN operating system with network virtualization, a distributed control plane, based on open standards, and abstracting the hardware from a host of network applications.
  • Adoption of merchant silicon and open hardware architectures.


About the Authors


Kumar Srikantan is President and CEO of Pluribus Networks. Previously, Kumar was VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco where he was responsible for the HW engineering execution of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio. Kumar brings 25 years of diverse leadership and operational experience in the technology industry that spans development, marketing, and engineering across computing, silicon and communications industries.


 Dave Ginsburg is Chief Marketing Officer at Pluribus. He brings over 25 years of experience to his role as CMO, having served as CMO at Extreme Networks and VP of Marketing at InnoPath Software. Prior to that he held the role of VP of Marketing at Lucent Technologies, responsible for all aspects of Lucent's Carrier Ethernet marketing, product strategy and business operations. Prior to Lucent, he served as Sr. VP of Marketing and Product Management at Riverstone Networks as well as VP of Marketing at Allegro Networks and VP of Product Marketing at Nortel Networks in addition to a variety of positions with Cisco, Alcatel and the U.S. Army. About Pluribus

About Pluribus Networks


Pluribus Networks delivers software-defined networking as an open application platform for today’s data centers. The company’s flagship product, Netvisor®, is the industry’s first distributed network hypervisor operating system, converging compute, network, storage and virtualization with an open, programmable approach. Our customers realize tangible and immediate business benefits while protecting their existing network investments. For more information, visit www.pluribusnetworks.com


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pluribus Races Ahead in SDN with $50 Million in New Funding

Pluribus Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced $50 million in a Series D round of funding to advance its vision for unified computer, network, storage and virtualization driven by a single, open and programmable SDN platform.

Pluribus features a distributed network hypervisor operating system that converges compute, network, storage and virtualization with an open, programmable approach. The platform brings full bare-metal control and visibility into the network through Unix-style APIs. The solution is based on a distributed network operating system with hypervisor bare-metal virtualization capabilities of computing resources - CPU, memory, and storage - and merchant silicon switch chip.

Pluribus said this latest round makes it the best-funded SDN company in the industry.

The new funding was led by Temasek Holdings, an investment company based in Singapore with a net portfolio value of US$177 billion. This up-round brought the Pluribus total funding to date to US$95M million. All of the existing investors, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow and AME Cloud Ventures, participated in the round. Furthermore, the company added new global strategic investors, including Ericsson, as well as Newtech, a leading turnkey datacenter infrastructure provider in Asia.

“Fundamentally, the sea has changed and CIOs are turning away from endless hardware upgrade cycles to a software and network-application-centric view,” said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO of Pluribus Networks. “With our Netvisor, we have a superior, converged SDN platform that not only provides better scale and performance, but also enables virtualization and security while driving down cost and complexity. The funding we are announcing today validates our architecture approach and the breakaway growth potential of the company.”

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com


  • Pluribus is headed by Kumar Srikantan (CEO), who was previously VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco where he was responsible for the HW engineering execution of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio.
  • Pluribus was founded in 2010 and entered general availability in March 2014.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pluribus Teams with Sanmina

Sanmina will manufacture the next generation of Pluribus Networks' Freedom F-Series high-performance network computing appliances.

Sanmina is a leading provider of integrated manufacturing solutions making some of the world's most complex and innovative optical, electronic and mechanical products.

The Pluribus Freedom F-Series includes its Netvisor software platform, a network hypervisor that delivers control and visibility by automating the network just like a server, enabling a rich set of in-network fabric, analytics and virtualization services. The Freedom product line bridges the DevOps-NetOps gap by extending virtualization to the network and has been deployed in more than 20 countries in some of the most demanding content delivery, financial trading and enterprise messaging networks.

"Sanmina provided the critical expertise we needed in high-speed printed circuit board (PCB) technology and system design that helped make the Freedom F-Series a reality," said Kumar Srikantan, president and chief executive officer of Pluribus Networks. "Their ability to design and prototype the product here in Silicon Valley meant we could work closely with them every step of the way. Pluribus is now leveraging Sanmina's global footprint to transfer production to a lower-cost region. By being local and global, Sanmina allowed us to bring our products to market quickly and cost-effectively."

http://www.sanmina.com
http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

Monday, May 5, 2014

Supermicro's Atom-powered MicroBladess with Pluribus SDN Switching

Pluribus Networks, a start-up developing an open architecture that converges compute, network, storage, and virtualization into a highly programmable, merchant silicon-based platform, is deploying its Netvisor network operating system on Supermicro’s MicroBlade microserver platform switching blades.  The 6U 112 node Intel Atom-based MicroBlade features integrated 10/40 GbE Intel FM5224 Ethernet switches for ultra high-density server deployments.

The integrated switches featuring SDN capability will now run Pluribus Netvisor, offering functionality such as sophisticated Layer 2+ and high-availability across multiple switch modules within the MicroBlade chassis via the Netvisor’s fabric-cluster.  Multiple MicroBlade chassis may interconnect via the fabric-cluster offering a single point of management and powerful analytics, while distributing the switching intelligence ‘in-rack’ as opposed to at a single point at the top-of-rack.


“Our strategic relationship with Supermicro brings together breakthrough server technology and Netvisor inNetwork services for data center deployments looking for maximum density, performance, and availability” said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO of Pluribus Networks.  “It redefines the way enterprises and cloud operators deploy infrastructure and services in today’s highly competitive environment, while at the same time introduces the first turn-key and supportable solution to this segment of the market.”

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com/go/supermicro
http://www.supermicro.com/products/MicroBlade/Pluribus

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pluribus Networks Unveils its Virtualized Data Center Architecture

Pluribus Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, unveiled its "Freedom" architecture for integrating compute, network, storage and bare-metal hypervisor OS technologies.

Pluribus said its  he Freedom platform brings full bare-metal control and visibility into the network through powerful, Unix-style API to deliver true inNetwork Application Programmability, inNetwork virtualization, inNetwork analytics and inNetwork automation.

The solution is based on a distributed network operating system with hypervisor bare-metal virtualization capabilities of computing resources - CPU, memory, and storage - and merchant silicon switch chip. This is matched to a powerful server platform combined with a high-density 10/40 GbE merchant silicon switch and network processor.  The company said its technology partners include Intel and Broadcom.

In the Freedom architecture, the network switch becomes a true extension of the server. Merchant silicon chips are fully integrated into the operating system, controlled and virtualized like a NIC, and used as an offload/hardware acceleration engine for application flows and network functions. The network switch is managed by a server-class control plane through multi 10Gbps high-speed connections, unleashing a new class of services and functions to run directly “inside” the network; examples include the ability to run scalable monitoring and analytics for “physical” and “virtual” (tunneled) flows, free of taps and external monitoring gear.

Key components of the Pluribus solution include:

1) Netvisor 2.0, the industry’s first and only bare-metal, distributed network hypervisor operating system with full integration of merchant silicon switch chips into the server hypervisor

2) The Freedom Server-Switch product line, the industry’s most programmable network services platform based on off-the-shelf, open components to truly program, virtualize and automate the network exactly like a server

3)Pluribus Network Freedom Care, 24x7x365 support with escalation engineers in the U.S., India and China.

4) Freedom Development Kit (FDK), which allows developers to experience true inNetwork™ application programmability (with Unix-style tools such as C and Java) to support scalable and dynamic deployment of network-aware mission critical applications

The company said the its architecture simplifies the infrastructure by eliminating:

  • Separate monitoring network
  • Separate SAN
  • Separate overlay-underlay
  • Separate external controllers
  • L4-L7 appliance sprawl
  • Separate servers for services and orchestration (PXE, DHCP, DNS, OpenStack controllers, Argus, Wireshark, and more)

Pluribus expects to enter general availability in a few weeks. Oracle and Cloud Flare are reference trial sites.

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  • Pluribus is headed by Kumar Srikantan (CEO), who was previously VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco where he was responsible for the HW engineering execution of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio.
  • Investors in Pluribus include New Enterprise Associates, Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow and China Broadband Capital.

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