Virtual Networking

Nuage Networks to Support the Fujitsu Cloud Service K5's Global Expansion

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Nokia's software-defined network (SDN) venture, Nuage Networks, has been chosen by Fujitsu to expand its Cloud Service Fujitsu Enterprise Cloud Service K5. The world's largest OpenStack cloud service, K5 provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using both virtual machine (VM) and bare metal services, with the latter managed by OpenStack Ironic, in a global commercial first. The powerful combination of OpenStack and the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) provides Fujitsu and its enterprise customers with massively scalable and highly available virtual networks.

The Nuage Networks next-generation overlay SDN solution will help Fujitsu expand its deployment of its K5 cloud-based services beyond its current data centers in Japan, Europe and North America, to new centers in Singapore and Australia. Starting with the data center in Japan, Cloud Service K5 will enable Fujitsu's enterprise customers to accelerate their digital transformation by moving their existing server infrastructure into K5 data centers. This allows them to quickly migrate to a cloud-native architecture running on OpenStack Ironic and the Nuage Networks VSP. In addition to 'on-demand' delivery of services, it will assure them greater security, manageability and availability of the cloud, as well as full support for non-cloud-native applications running on fully integrated bare metal services.

New Version of Cloudify Launches with Fully Open vCPE Solution Delivered through TOSCA-based, Orchestration-First Platform

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Today at NFV World Congress, Cloudify announced that the open-source Cloudify software platform announced last week is already in use by several carriers via an early access program to manage virtual network functions (VNFs) across multiple cloud environments. Cloudify 4 allows carriers to move from VNF concept to production faster and with open source tools.

Cloudify is an open source multi-cloud management software platform. The latest version -Cloudify 4-shipped last week with new features that present a direct threat to legacy cloud management platforms (CMPs) used by enterprises. These legacy CMPs-such as RightScale and CloudForms-are showing their age now that orchestration-first approaches like Cloudify have matured, adding CMP features and enhanced performance in the latest version. Cloudify 4 is available for download here, and more information about The End of Cloud Management is available on the Cloudify community blog.

New Open vCPE

Global Capacity's Ethernet Cloud Connect Service Simplifies Connectivity to AWS, Google Cloud, Azure and Equinix Cloud Exchanges

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Global Capacity,  the leading connectivity as a service company, today announces the availability of its innovative Ethernet Multi-Cloud Connect service. Recognized by MEF as Best Ethernet Service Innovation, this latest virtual network service from Global Capacity's One Marketplace software-defined network platform offers enterprises the flexibility to build multiple cloud services from a single port in real time to access hybrid and multi-cloud solutions across multiple locations and gain the performance and security necessary to compete in today's marketplace.

Global Capacity's Ethernet Multi-Cloud Connect service leverages an interconnection architecture with software orchestration to simplify multi-Cloud connectivity and improve service performance. This approach delivers a better user experience by allowing businesses to connect to Cloud locations or select from a list of interconnected One Marketplace Cloud destinations including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and 20 other Cloud providers on Equinix Cloud Exchange. Combining the reliability and flexibility of multi-destination Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Global Capacity's One Marketplace, Ethernet Multi-Cloud Connect streamlines commercial buying across the Cloud services ecosystem.

6WIND Virtual Accelerator Juju Charm Available for Rapid Deployment of High Performance OpenStack Networking

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6WIND, a high-performance networking software company, today announced a partnership agreement with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the leading OS for container, cloud, scale-out and hyperscale computing to distribute 6WIND Virtual Accelerator, which is hypervisor acceleration software for virtual networking, in its Juju Charm Store. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator has been validated on Canonical's Ubuntu platform to accelerate cloud networking performance. In addition, both companies worked together to integrate 6WIND Virtual Accelerator with Canonical's Juju, and a Juju Charm is now available to deliver the high performance and control demanded by Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) and other software networking workloads requiring low latency and high network throughput.

6WIND Virtual Accelerator software solves common hypervisor bottleneck problems that limit the adoption of NFV, data center virtualization and network appliance virtualization on Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) servers. It is installed on the KVM hypervisor to provide accelerated virtual switching and networking features to offer an alternative to SR-IOV or PCI passthrough that break virtualization. With 6WIND Virtual Accelerator, Network Operators can cost-effectively transition from legacy hardware to software-based applications leveraging OpenStack networking.

Ixia Announces CloudLens Platform to Deliver Visibility Across Private, Public, and Hybrid Clouds

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Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced CloudLens, a platform consisting of existing Ixia solutions and planned products that will integrate network visibility across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Combining the power of Ixia's virtual network taps, packet and application flow filtering, Netflow with advanced application identification and geographic location, SSL decryption, and industry-leading deduplication capabilities, Ixia’s CloudLens platform provides service providers, cloud providers, and enterprises with unprecedented insight into network traffic in both physical and virtualized environments.

Hyperscale deployments are characterized by continuous configuration changes based on demand. While resource pooling and elastic scale are part of the cloud value proposition, the ability to monitor virtual traffic flows at the same scale has been limited. Ixia’s CloudLens platform will provide the framework for virtual taps and data filtering to meet the elastic demands of cloud customers in a multi-tenant self-serve model. Using products in the CloudLens platform, users will be able to deploy a highly scalable traffic monitoring system in a matter of minutes, not hours or days.

Network Virtualization Key to IaaS Clouds

Grazed from Virtualization Review. Author: Ben Cherian.

Network virtualization delivers network services in a more scalable, manageable, and fault-tolerant manner than traditional networking can deliver. For this reason it is gaining traction among cloud architects, rapidly becoming a “must have” component of IaaS clouds. So, what is network virtualization? When cloud architects speak of network virtualization they are typically referring to overlay-based network virtualization. With OBNV, network functionality is abstracted away from the underlying physical network and into the software.

What this means is that network services like virtual switching, routing, and firewalling can happen in software at the “edge” of the network rather than relying on the physical core of the network to have this functionality available. What this means in practice is that a cloud architect can design the network with basic low-cost hardware, while providing higher layer functions in the software, where advanced switching, routing and firewalling can be be managed with greater ease and precision. Why wouldn't I just use traditional networking in the cloud? When building an IaaS cloud, traditional networking faces two serious limitations: scalability, and management and automation...

Using VXLAN (Virtual Overlay LAN) to Speed & Secure Your Clouds

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Ariel Shuper.

The immense growth of IaaS cloud computing has given rise to a need for highly scalable and secure virtual networks, without requiring significant investment in replacing or adding to the existing infrastructure. One virtual overlay technology that has emerged to address this is VXLAN, which uses MAC-in-UDP tunneling to capitalize on the best aspects of existing layer 2 infrastructure and the advantages of layer 3 transport. However, while VXLAN seems an ideal solution, this article points out performance challenges that arise with its usage, which must be addressed for its benefits to be fully realized.

Background: The Need for Virtualized Overlay Networks

Over the past few years, cloud computing has grown at a tremendous rate, with worldwide spending on IT cloud services tripling since 2008 and expected to reach over $100 billion in 2014.1 More specifically, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the fastest-growing segment of the public cloud services market, having grown over 45% in 2012 alone...

Cloud Computing: Midokura Announces General Availability of Disruptive Network Virtualization Technology

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Midokura, a global startup focused on network virtualization, today announced the general availability of MidoNet. MidoNet virtualizes the network stack for cloud platforms, such as OpenStack. First introduced last Fall to the U.S. market, this solution has been in development for three years. MidoNet is a distributed, decentralized, multi-layer software-defined virtual network solution specifically designed for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Midokura's approach not only adds automation that significantly reduces the human cost (OPEX) of managing the network, but also impacts the overall economics of cloud computing (CAPEX) by simplifying network requirements.

"We are excited to disrupt the market and offer the industry general access to our MidoNet network virtualization technology," said Dan Mihai Dumitriu, co-founder and CEO of Midokura. "Unlike other solutions out there, MidoNet pushes intelligence to the edge of the network, as it takes an overlay-based approach to network virtualization and sits on top of any IP-connected network. Given this, MidoNet makes it easier for enterprises to build fully featured, secure and scalable clouds."...

Demystifying the Virtual Black Hole: Effective Access, Management and Monitoring of the New Network

Contributed Article.  Author: Ran Nahmias, Senior Director, Virtualization and Cloud Solutions, Net Optics, Inc.
CloudCow Contributed Article
 

Demystifying the Virtual Black Hole: Effective Access, Management and Monitoring of the New Network

 
 
How IT Professionals Can Control the Network In a Changing Landscape: New Ideas and Resources

Living amidst a technology revolution, it's easy to get the impression that change is outpacing our ability to control and guide it. The growing momentum of virtualization only magnifies its accompanying challenges-and the consequences of failed monitoring or management are not academic but real-world, directly affecting a company's productivity, competitiveness, and viability.
 
The virtual environment is vast, and will soon become much greater than the physical. Its exponentially growing scope means that IT organizations need a variety of resources to manage and administer their growing network infrastructures.

Cloud Virtual Networking Company Pertino Moves a Step Closer to Launch With Expanded Executive Team

Grazed from Pertino.  Author: PR Announcement.
 

Pertino, a virtual networking solution for the cloud era, is moving a step closer to emerging from stealth with the appointments of Todd Krautkremer as vice president of marketing and Tony Wilder as vice president of operations.

"We believe the wide-area networking (WAN) is the next infrastructure to be revolutionized by the cloud and network virtualization," said Craig Elliott, CEO of Pertino. "The way organizations commute, compute and collaborate is being transformed by the cloud and mobility, yet WANs have remained essentially unchanged for the last decade. It's time to reimagine and reinvent business networking and we have assembled a team of proven technology leaders and innovators with experience spanning cloud, networking, mobile and security to do just that."