Notable SDN Upstart Pluribus Releases New Version of Netvisor

By Paula Bernier April 17, 2015

A new release of the Pluribus Networks operating system features BGP fabrics and virtual router redundancy protocol for data center scale out and Hadoop, CLI and vManage GUI support, REST APIs, VXLAN tunneling for VM connectivity across backbones, and more. These capabilities address network operators’ needs by leveraging their existing networks and skillsets, while allowing them to move to new software-defined networks at their own pace, according to Pluribus.

The architecture on which this new release of Netvisor is based is called open Freedom. That’s because, the company explains, it enables programmability via APIs, C++, Java, and Python. In comparison, the company says, some competing solutions only have scripting. And the support for standard CLI, REST APIs, and the vManage GUI enable network operators to leverage their router and switch skillsets.

Pluribus in January raised $50 million in a Series D round, which brought its funding to $95 million. The company said that makes it the industry’s most well-funded SDN company. Notably, telecom equipment giant Ericsson participated in the round. Asian data center infrastructure provider Newtech did as well. The round was led by Temasek Holdings out of Singapore.

The new funding was announced two months after Pluribus brought on George de Urioste as CFO. He’d previously worked at Arrayent, Bridgelux, Marvell, Remedy, Ricoh, and Vendavo.

Pluribus also continues to win awards and forge new partnerships. Just last month it aligned with application automation solution company Appcara. Early last year Pluribus joined with new value-added distributor Big Technology to move into the U.K. market. Pluribus also has formed a strategic relationship with Super Micro Computer Inc. that brings together the Pluribus Netvisor network operating system hypervisor with MicroBlade microserver platform switching blades to create a broader software-defined networking solution.

"For enterprises to accelerate their business applications into the cloud, they need an efficient way to deliver and manage their application workloads across multiple clouds with total visibility and control," said Kumar Srikantan, CEO at Pluribus Networks. "Appcara's cloud and application automation capabilities, combined with Pluribus Networks' advanced networking and analytics, can deliver that kind of management control simply and reliably."

Among Pluribus customers is OneAsia, a cloud and data center services provider.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Executive Editor, TMC

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