Showing posts with label VMs. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Versa's FlexVNFs Run on Optimized EMC NFV Infrastructure

Versa Networks has tested and validated the interoperability of its FlexVNF software on EMC’s Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi) platform to create an integrated “vCPE in a box” solution for deploying virtualized network and security functions in service provider points of presence (PoP) or data centers. The companies said this vCPE-in-a-box solution enables managed network and security services using virtualized network functions (VNF) and x86-based open hardware.

It supports a variety of Virtual Infrastructure Management choices, including VMware VIO with NSX and ESX, and Red Hat OpenStack Platform (OSP) with OpenStack Open vSwitch (OVS) and KVM. Hardware abstraction and orchestration is provided by EMC’s NFVi Manager software and high-performance storage is provided through EMC ScaleIO. VNFs are provided by Versa FlexVNF software and include a wide range of networking and advanced security functions including routing, VPN, CGNAT, next-gen firewall, URL filtering, AV/IPS and more with integrated service chaining.

Versa with EMC vCPE is highly efficient and cost effective for service providers because it provides multi-tenancy across all its services, coupled with the ability to easily add VNFs by provisioning additional virtual machines (VMs). Each Versa VNF supports up to 250 end-customer organizations – greatly reducing head-end capex for providers versus having to deploy individual aggregation devices for each end customer.

“EMC has decades of experience helping global corporations build, scale and operate mission critical infrastructure as well as helping communications service providers build high-margin offers,” said David Hudson, General Manager of Telecom Modernization at EMC Corporation. “By working with innovative VNF vendors like Versa Networks to validate their solutions on EMC’s NFVi solution architecture stack, we are bringing that expertise to bear to make NFV a reality for more service providers and network operators.”

“We continue to hear from our provider customers and prospects that they want to decouple networking and security software from hardware, and realize the benefits of network function virtualization (NFV),” said Mark Weiner, CMO of Versa Networks. “Just like server and storage virtualization has dramatically improved the cost and agility of data center resources, NFV is bringing the same value proposition to carriers and their managed service offerings. We are aligned with EMC to bring the benefits of NFV innovation to provider customers globally.”

Versa Unveils its Vision for the SD-WAN

Versa Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, introduced its software-defined WAN portfolio and outlined its vision to transform how enterprises build their WAN and branch office networks. The Versa solution leverages virtualized network functions (VNF), programmability and dynamic provisioning to re-architect the WAN and branch network for much greater agility, cost efficiency and simpler operations.

The Versa VNF solution consists of three components that together create next generation WANs and branch networks:

  • Versa FlexVNF: The core building block for Versa VNF solutions, which includes a broad set of virtualized network and security functions with carrier-grade multi-tenancy, programmability, service chaining, service elasticity and cost-effective deployment choices
  • Versa Director: Single point of centralized control and management for both connectivity and services
  • Versa Analytics: A real-time analytics engine that provides control, visibility, prediction and a feedback loop for adaptability

By eliminating proprietary hardware and truck rolls, the company estimates it can cut the total cost of ownership by up to 80%. For service providers and large enterprises, Versa said its solution changes the game by enabling multi-tenancy with the ability to provision and manage hundreds of individual customers or business subsidiaries.  Versa supports multi-service capabilties with automatic service chaining, enabling complex managed services and branch network architectures with multiple networking and security functions. The Versa VNFs run on commodity-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware.

In its launch materials, Versa cited Orange and Colt.

  • Versa Networks was founded in 2012 by Kumar (CEO) and Apurva Mehta (CTO), who are credited with the development of the MX series routers at Juniper Networks.
  • The company has raised $43 million in funding to date.  Investors include Sequoia, Verizon Ventures and Mayfield.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Blueprint: The (Near) Future of Enterprise Apps, Analytics, Big Data and The Cloud

by Derek Collison, Founder and CEO of Apcera

In 2016, technical innovation, combined with evolutionary trends, will bring rapid organizational changes and new competitive advantages to enterprises capable of adopting new technologies. Not surprisingly, however, the same dynamics will mean competitive risk for organizations that have not positioned themselves to easily absorb (and profit from) new technological changes. The following predictions touch on some of the areas in IT that I think will see the biggest evolutions in 2016 and beyond.
  1. Hadoop: old news in 24 months. Within the next two years, no one will be talking about big data and Apache Hadoop—at least, not as we think of the technology today. Machine Learning and AI will become so good and so fast that it will be possible to extract patterns, perform real-time predictions, and gain insight around causation and correlation without human intervention to model or prepare raw data. In order to function effectively, automated analytics typically need to be embedded in other systems that bring forth data. Next-generation AI-enabled machine learning systems (aka “big data,” even though this term will soon fade away), will be able to automatically assemble and deliver financial, marketing, scientific and other insights to managers, researchers, executive decision makers and consumers—giving them new levels of competitive advantage.
  2. Microservices will change how applications are developed. Containers will disrupt the industry by giving organizations the ability to build less and assemble more since the cost of the isolation context is so small, fast and cheap. While microservices are inherently complex, new platforms are emerging that will make it possible for IT organizations to innovate at speed without compromising security, or performing the undifferentiated heavy lifting to construct these micro-service systems in production. With robust auditing and logging tools, these platforms will be able to reason and decide how to effectively manage all IT resources, including containers, VMs and hybrids.
  3. The container ecosystem will continue to diversify and evolve. The coming year will see significant evolution in the container management space. Some container products will simply vanish from the market, while certain companies, not wanting to miss out on the hype, will simply acquire existing technology to claim a spot in the new ecosystem. This consolidation will shrink the size of the playing field, making viable container management choices easier for IT decision makers to identify. Over time, as container vendors seek to differentiate themselves, those that survive will be the ones that demonstrate the ability to orchestrate complex and blended workloads, in a manner that enterprises can manage with trust. The container will slowly become the most unimportant piece of the equation.
  4. True isolation and security will continue to push technology forward. Next year, look for creative advances in enabling technology, such as hybrid solutions, consisting of fast and lightweight virtual machines (VMs) that wrap containers, micro-task virtualization and unikernels. This is already beginning to happen. For example, Intel's Clear Containers (which are actually stripped-down VMs) use no more than 20 MB of memory each, making them look more like containers in terms of server overhead, and spin up in just 100-200 milliseconds. The goal here is to provide the isolation and security required by the enterprise, combined with the speed of the minimalist “Clear Linux OS.” Unikernels, another emerging technology, possess meaningful security benefits for organizations because they have an extremely small code footprint, which, by definition, reduces the size of the “attack surface.” In addition, unikernels feature low boot times, a performance characteristic always in favor with online customers who have dollars to spend and the burgeoning micro-services crowd.
This coming year is set to be a busy one. Technology is advancing at a pace that has never been seen before. The rise of machine learning in agile enterprises will truly transform the way information is gathered, analyzed and used. Microservices and containers are going to change the way software systems are designed and built, and we’ll see a lot of movement and acquisitions within the container ecosystem. And, as always, security will be a prominent concern; however, much of the new technology adopted next year will be built upon a foundation of isolation and security, not bolted on as an afterthought. Innovation that doesn’t compromise security will be a welcome change. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year.

About the Author

Derek Collison is CEO and founder of Apcera, provider of the trusted cloud platform for global 2000 companies. An industry veteran and pioneer in large-scale distributed systems and enterprise computing, Derek has held executive positions at TIBCO Software, Google and VMware. While at Google, he co-founded the AJAX APIs group and went on to VMware to design and architect the industry’s first open PaaS, Cloud Foundry. With numerous software patents and frequent speaking engagements, Derek is a recognized leader in distributed systems design and architecture and emerging cloud platforms.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

IO Visor Project Aims for Universal In-Kernel Linux VM

A new IO Visor Project has been launched by The Linux Foundation with a mission to advance IO and networking technologies to address new requirements presented by cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

The idea is to create a universal in-kernel virtual machine with run-time extensibility -- essentially, "a new type of programmable data plane that enables developers to dynamically build IO modules (think stand alone “programs” that can manipulate a packet in the kernel and perform all sort of functions on it), load and unload those in-kernel at run time and do it without any disruption to the system." The IO modules would be able to run on any hardware that supports Linux.

The core technology behind IO Visor Project is eBPF (extended Berkeley Packet Filter). The IO Visor Project is supported initially with contributions from PLUMgrid.

Founding members of IO Visor include Barefoot Networks, Broadcom, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Huawei, Intel, PLUMgrid and SUSE.

“The ability to modify a Linux kernel at runtime without rebooting the server or entire data center is critical to efficient operation of SDN and NFV technologies,” said Pere Monclus, founder and CTO at PLUMgrid. “As a company that actively supports a number of open source projects, we believe that open sourcing IO Visor through a community hosted with the Linux Foundation was in the best interests of not only our company, but of everyone dependent upon agile and highly performant cloud technologies at scale.”

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Microsoft Azure to Support Docker and Google's Kubernetes

Microsoft, which recently announced support for Docker containers on Azure Virtual Machines, and has just announced plans to collaborate with Google and Docker to bring support for both Kubernetes and libswarm open source projects on the Microsoft Azure platform.

Docker is an open platform which can be used to build, ship, and run distributed applications on various clouds. The use of a container allows the same app to run unchanged on laptops, servers, data center VMs or the cloud -- similar to the concept of shipping container for the transportation industry.

Kubernetes is a container cluster management tool developed by Google. It builds on top of Docker to construct a clustered container scheduling service.

Microsoft is also supporting Docker’s libswarm project, which offers imperative management on Docker, so that libswarm will natively support Azure in enabling deployment of containers on Azure Virtual Machines.

In June, Docker 1.0 was officially released, marking an important milestone for this open platform which can be used to build, ship, and run distributed applications on various clouds. 

Docker enables applications to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between environments.  It consists of the Docker Engine, the de facto container standard, and Docker Hub, a new cloud-based service from Docker Inc., the start-up company behind the open source Docker project and chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem.

Docker Inc. is now providing Long Term Support assurances for commercial users of Docker 1.0.  The company is based in San Francisco.