In today’s increasingly virtualized data center, switching infrastructures are starting to feel rigid, costly, and frustratingly opaque. The combination of physical switches, virtual switches and overlays add to the complexity already faced by network administrators, trying to roll out new network virtualization (NV) technologies while containing complexity within their infrastructure. A recent webinar by Pluribus Networks discussed how NV can help make infrastructures more flexible and scalable, and ultimately lead to the holy grail of networking infrastructure: analytics and insight.
Pluribus, as part of SDxCentral’s NV Report webinar series, covered in a recent webinar how their Pluribus VCF solution provides key capabilities needed for any successful NV roll-out, including:
- Application performance monitoring
- Visibility to enhance your security posture
- Forensic analysis for auditing and compliance
- Rapid troubleshooting of infrastructure issues
SDxCentral’s Roy Chua kicked off the webinar by calling out highlights from SDxCentral’s 2015 Network Virtualization in the Data Center Report. The free publication covers the landscape of NV for data-center applications, including leading architectures, customers, features, use cases, and technology vendors.
Pluribus Vice President of Corporate Marking Mark Harris was on hand to discuss how virtualization is changing the data center at the business level. “The days of brute force are long gone. Now, the question is how fast can you bring new applications to the organization?” he said. “No one cares about how well the network is working. They care about how well business runs.”
Harris outlined the company’s approach to networking virtualization, highlighting Pluribus’ Virtualization Centric Fabric (VCF). Part of the company’s Netvisor offering, VCF changes the architecture of the operating system installed on each switch to align more closely with the proven approach seen with server virtualization.
Pluribus Vice President of Product Management Alessandro Barbieri conducted a live demo of the VCF-Insight Analytics (IA) application that collects metadata from traffic flowing through every physical and virtual port on the programmable fabric. Barbieri demonstrated common use cases of the application, including demos in its dashboard and search modules.
Through VCF-IA, Pluribus says IT departments can achieve true analytics and insight because it provides the ability to get telemetry data on data center traffic directly from switches themselves, visibility on endpoints and flows, and rapid analysis of information based on business needs.