SDNCentral SDN and NFV Weekly Roundup – June 7, 2013

SDN NFV News: Weekly Roundup Jjune 7, 2013

With the increased frequency of SDN news from all the networking vendors, the consortiums, conferences etc, it’s getting increasingly difficult to keep up-to-date with all the happenings in the SDN, NFV and network virtualization space. Here at SDNCentral, we’ve decided to start a new series of Weekly Roundups, designed to highlight interesting recent announcements. Our research team is constantly looking for your feedback in terms of news to include and we appreciate your patience as we fine-tune our filters to bring you the most relevant news. We hope you find this new Weekly Roundup service from SDNCentral invaluable. Here we go with our inaugural post:

#1 OpenDaylight Welcomes Cyan, Huawei, Inocybe Technologies, Plexxi, Radware

On June 4th, the OpenDaylight Project, a collaborative, open-source project to advance software­-defined networking (SDN), announced that Cyan, Huawei, Inocybe Technologies, Plexxi and Radware are joining as members to accelerate development and adoption of open source SDN. OpenDaylight members are committed to the goal of developing a common and open SDN platform, and each new member will be using OpenDaylight to deliver add-­ons and enhancements to their products and services that provide additional value to their customers.

A brief synopsis of each company’s virtual-network and/or SDN-related focus is provided below:

  • Cyan delivers SDN-based network orchestration, virtualization and visualization solutions. Cyan’s open platforms provide multi­vendor control and visibility to network operators. Cyan solutions include Blue Planet SDN software and Z­Series packet­optical transport platforms.
  • Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider.
  • Inocybe Technologies Inc. provides a unified virtual infrastructure management platform designed to bridge the gap between DevOps and SDN into a single management and marketplace for users.
  • Plexxi offers an affinity-driven networking solution, specifically built for the fluid and dynamic nature of today’s data center computing needs.
  • Radware develops application delivery and application security solutions for virtual and cloud data centers

#2 Adara Launches Next-Generation Network Virtualization Platform

At the end of May, ADARA Networks, an industry leader in Software Defined Networking, Virtual Computing and Networking, introduced the next generation Sirius series virtual and physical networking platform. Re-engineered as a network hypervisor, Sirius is a production-ready platform that abstracts the physical properties of the network and dynamically manages in a fully distributed, logically centralized manner.

Sirius operates in both the control and data plane and natively supports Dynamic Layer2/Layer3 Tunneling. A new implementation of DLSP (dual layer security protocol) enables Sirius to operate across physical network interfaces while, according to the company, achieving both a 1000x gain in performance and significantly enhanced efficiency.

Targeting the virtual networking needs of enterprises of all sizes and service providers, Sirius delivers network routing, network virtualization, physical networking and dynamic MPLS, providing superior speed and scalability. Using virtual interfaces, Sirius creates the ADARA Dynamic Virtual Overlay Network (VON), above the physical network, with all the properties of the physical network.  Sirius can operate within or across domains, dynamically with full visibility into services, based upon network state and any policy.

The Sirius virtual and physical networking platform is available through Tech Data and the more than 60,000 channel resellers in the U.S.

#3 Accton Technology Adds 10GbE Switching Capability to VellOS 7.0

As part of a joint OEM agreement announced on June 6, 2013, Vello Systems has integrated its OpenFlow software stack with Accton’s 10GbE data center switch, enabling customers in North America and Europe to quickly deploy an open Ethernet and Optical network that is controlled by VellOS. Vello’s VX3048 OpenFlow-enabled 10Gb Ethernet Forwarding Engine, based on the Accton 10GbE switch with Broadcom Trident+ switching silicon, leverages Accton’s leading technology in data center switching and can be deployed in a data center fabric as a top-of-rack switch.

Accton Technology is a leader in advanced networking and communication equipment and a partner in Vello’s Open Networking ecosystem. Vello Systems, a leading provider of optical transport and SDN platform solutions, concurrently announced the availability of VellOS 7.0, a scalable enterprise network OS designed to simplify the operational management of compute and storage connectivity.  Vello’s OpenFlow-based networking equipment and operating system are likely to gain significant market momentum with the addition of a 10GbE data center switch based on high performance switching hardware from Accton.

According to George Tchaparian, SVP and CTO of Accton Technology, …”Accton is working with Vello to broaden their solutions that leverage the OpenFlow standard and enable software defined networks (SDN) that offer customers a more responsive and lower cost network infrastructure.”

#4 Vello Systems Announces OpenFlow-Based Operating System

Vello Systems, an optical transport and SDN platform vendor, announced VellOS™ 7.0, a scalable enterprise network OS designed to simplify the operational management of compute and storage connectivity. The VellOS 7.0 OpenFlow-enabled application platform, based on a distributed Linux framework, unifies the control of the optical, Ethernet and virtual networking planes from a single vendor-agnostic point of control. According to the company, this enables enterprise companies to build and manage adaptable, reliable and cost-effective IT infrastructure using any mix of networking technologies.

Vellos is a contributing member of the Open Network Foundation (ONF) and has taken an open, application-centric approach to decoupling the application/compute, storage and networking domains. Using standards-based RESTful application provisioning interfaces (APIs) and GUI-style network policy and control, customers can control and manage a combination of OpenFlow-enabled network devices, regardless of technology. A variety of orchestration software suites can also be integrated via simple plug-ins.

According to CEO Karl May, the VellOS 7.0 operating system is able to manifest the physical Optical/Ethernet underlay into a pool of ports to provide differentiated network connectivity services based on parameters such as bandwidth, latency, resiliency, and cost.  Targeting large enterprise data centers, VellOS 7.0 is currently deployed at Hudson Fiber Network and the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The new version of the OS supports not only Vello System’s optical transport platforms but also storage-related applications from EMC and Ethernet switching systems from partners Accton and Centec.

#5 Rackspace Adds Brocade’s vRouter to Cloud Offerings

In articles that appeared on Light ReadingThe A Register and other networking publications on Thursday, May 30th, Rackspace Hosting, a provider of cloud hosting services, announced that the Brocade Communications Systems Vyatta vRouter will be available to customers in its public and private clouds.

As you may recall, Brocade acquired virtual networking start-up Vyatta in November of last year for an undisclosed sum. Since then, it has worked on broadening the vRouter’s capabilities. Today, it is a versatile tool that can be used in several capacities, e.g, as a VPN gateway securely linking external and internal sites, a NAT appliance enabling provisioning of  databases and applications without public interfaces, a virtual firewall and router), Rackspace’s primary use case for the virtual router is as a firewall, connecting a client’s Web servers to databases in the cloud. The vRouter virtual appliance can also link systems running inside a private data center to the Rackspace Cloud using the RackConnect service.

Currently  vRouter service availability is limited to a few early adopters. However, Rackspace believes it should be generally available within 1-2 months.  The vRouter service will cost 18 cents per hour on top of the Cloud Server instance it is running on.

Check out more about Brocade on SDNCentral: (our favorite is an Interview with Keith Stewart, Brocade Executive)

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