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Pluribus Networks Puts Netvisor on Intel FM6000

By Paula Bernier October 01, 2013

The software-defined networking movement continues to gain momentum. Yet another illustration of that fact is the announcement from Pluribus Networks, in which the vendor announced an architecture for enabling enterprise and cloud customers to build software-defined data centers using its Netvisor solution running on Intel Ethernet Switch FM6000 Series-based systems.

SDN is an architecture that separates the control and data planes of the network and automatically looks at flows in the network, understanding the requirements of those different flows and using the network to provide those flows with the appropriate bandwidth and other network resources. Separating control and data planes means the network to run on industry-standard servers and to be managed from a single point while drawing from resources throughout the data center.

This applications-first networking mindset is a significant change from how networks are designed and work today. It takes the traditional siloed approach to networking and effectively lays it on its side.

"Our goal at Pluribus is to enable switches as an ideal platform to handle physical and virtual networks," said Sunay Tripathi, co-founder and chief technology officer at Pluribus Networks. "The vswitch-based SDN overlay model for network virtualization actually adds more complexity and limits the visibility of the network to individual physical or virtual elements. In contrast, adding server-like capability and programmability to a network operating system with hardware virtualization support and leveraging existing tool chains, such as gcc and gdb, creates a unique platform for Layer 4 to 7 applications and unifies both physical and virtual networks at scale. This network hypervisor platform is not only free from performance penalties that are inherent to server hypervisor-based network virtualization but also independent of the server operating system."

The Netvisor solution is generally available to customers on the Pluribus Networks F64 Series Intelligent Top-of-Rack Server-Switch platform and select ODM white-box switches sourced directly from original design manufacturers.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

Executive Editor, TMC

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