Cloud Provider to Test Software-Defined Network Technology

By Casey Houser August 15, 2014

As businesses around the world move their operations to the cloud, so too will operating system manufacturers. Cloud-based deployments can allow organizations to create their own private clouds or join public clouds, but software and network protocols that intend to operate within those clouds must sync properly with their hosts.

CPLANE NETWORKS, a software-defined networking provider, announced recently that it has paired with Canonical to take part in the Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab. The OIL functions as a testing arena for Canonical's partners products to ensure that they work within Ubuntu OpenStack configurations, and CPLANE will be doing just that by testing its Dynamic Virtual Network solution within those servers. Brandon Williams, CEO of CPLANE, spoke about the trend for businesses moving to the cloud and the necessity for testing network configurations.

"Enterprises and service providers are rapidly moving to OpenStack private and hybrid clouds," Williams said. "As with any new technology or service, one of the challenges is making all of the pieces work together. The OpenStack Interoperability Lab helps to ensure that vendor products integrate and work together with Ubuntu OpenStack solutions."

Williams believes this type of testing helps product vendors remove the guesswork from their cloud deployments. Businesses, of course, want their products to run smoothly, so rigorous testing within the OIL can help alleviate concerns that interoperability between software products within the same cloud environment could clash or work in unexpected ways.

John Zannos, vice president of Canonical's Cloud Channels and Alliances team, spoke to this point in the CPLANE announcement that described the variability of cloud deployments. He said there are so many cloud solutions available for companies today that testing environments such as the OIL can help to make the transition or choice to use Ubuntu and OpenStack a more reliable solution.

TMC has noted previously that Ubuntu conducts more than 3,000 OpenStack tests each week within its testing lab that ensures compatibility between different variants of Ubuntu, OpenStack, and third party programs. Canonical, in this operation, works with vendors that include Cisco, Brocade, Dell, EMC, Emulex, Fusion-io, Mellanox Technologies, Open Compute, HP, IBM, Inktank/Ceph, Intel, Juniper, LSi, SeaMicro, and VMware.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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