Pluribus Networks Shines a Light on the Data Center with VCF Insight Analytics

By Rory Lidstone February 04, 2016

In December, Pluribus Networks capitalized on the opportunities in SDN by upgrading its own software defined networking technology offerings with the introduction of a new architectural approach called Virtualization-Centric Fabric (VCF). The solution was designed for use in the company’s Netvisor OS for open switches, enabling Netvisor to unify virtual and physical networks. The move was meant to satisfy the demand to run physical and virtual networks as one.

Now, Pluribus has followed up with a solution that addresses another common need: deep insight into networks. The new solution is called VCF Insight Analytics (VCF-IA) and it features a revolutionary flow-based, client-server oriented approach to business intelligence for the data center. Able to be deployed on any data center network, regardless of manufacturer, VCF-IA offers the critical operational view of data center networks that enterprises need, allowing for deep insight into applications for performance monitoring, troubleshooting and enhancing the effectiveness of forensic analysis and security.

“IT organizations have historically been hobbled by the lack of affordable network insight and associated metrics, and to date, traditional hardware-based monitoring solutions have been difficult to deploy and prohibitively expensive,” said Kumar Srikantan, CEO of Pluribus Networks. “As a result, we wanted to bring deep visibility at the application level to every network and make it available to every network manager. In short, VCF Insight Analytics provides instantaneous, intuitive and uncompromised understanding of the performance of your business as seen from the network layer itself.”

Pluribus VCF-IA is available in two configurations. The first is as a standalone application able to be deployed on any server to take advantage of the Pluribus VCF data center network in place. The second is as a packaged offering with the Pluribus F64 collector appliance, which can be used to enable flow-level monitoring within existing third-party network infrastructures.

VCF-IA works in tandem with existing VCF APIs available within all Netvisor-based switches. These APIs are used to continuously extract the time-series metadata of every flow in progress throughout the entire network fabric. This information is then stored in a repository for future analysis.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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