Tail-f Systems Announces NCS Plugin for OpenStack

By Ed Silverstein October 29, 2013

Tail-f Systems – which provides network programmability solutions for traditional and Software-Defined Networks – has announced a NCS plugin for OpenStack.

The new plugin lets OpenStack networking use the technology employed in data centers. Also, the plugin uses a Modular Layer 2 (ml2) architecture found with OpenStack. In contrast, traditional OpenStack plugins are limited to single vendors and prevent cloud providers from using multi-vendor environments, the company said.

Overall, the OpenStack service provider market has a robust future. The 451 Group forecasts that revenue for the OpenStack service provider market is predicted to increase to $1.22 billion in 2016. In contrast, it was predicted to be $483.5 million in 2013, according to a projection from the 451 Group. Also, total OpenStack market revenue for service providers will be $680 million in 2014, according to the study.

“We leverage OpenStack to help control large pools of compute, storage and networking resources in our TeraStream Infrastructure Cloud,” Axel Clauberg, vice president of Aggregation, Transport, IP & Fixed Access at Deutsche Telekom, said in a statement. “Support for multi-vendor networking in these clouds is an important requirement for us. Tail-f now provides the first multi-vendor networking solution for OpenStack, which is key for us.”

In addition, support for multi-vendor networking is considered important for the entire sector. “Building a universal control plane for multi-vendor infrastructure environments is the original vision behind OpenStack and is what we aim to provide to our customers,” Boris Renski, CMO at Mirantis, added in the statement. “Support for multi-vendor networking is something we’ve seen customers ask for and are delighted to see vendors like Tail-f tackle this problem.”

Hakan Millroth, CTO of Tail-f Systems, added that customers of service providers are often using OpenStack in Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization. “Support for multi-vendor networking is an important requirement in these projects,” Millroth adds.

In addition, it was announced how the NCS OpenStack plugin is available with the Havanna release of OpenStack. The Modular Layer 2 driver for NCS is shipping with the Havanna release.

“The Havanna release of OpenStack is an important step towards a solution with its introduction of the Modular Layer 2 (ML2) plugin architecture,” Stefan Wallin, Tail-f Systems’ senior product manager, explained in a company blog post. “ML2 allows OpenStack Networking to simultaneously utilize a variety of layer 2 networking technologies to fulfill the canonical network model that’s at the core of OpenStack.” With OpenStack, NCS employs the canonical network model via a REST interface, Wallin said.

“This is done as a single and complete chain protected by a transaction,” Wallin added. “No more inconsistent state in the network and significantly less tricky network configuration error analysis activities.”

Edited by Ryan Sartor

NFVZone Contributor

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