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Midokura Releases Updated MidoNet for Virtualization

By Paula Bernier February 04, 2016

To assist network operators as they attempt to build more fungible networks, Midokura this week unleashed version 5 of its Enterprise MidoNet virtualization solution.

This release features the ability for operators leverage software to create isolated networks over existing hardware, and per tenant network control. It also includes improved application availability due to distribution and fault tolerance; MEM Insights, which leverages operational tools for analytics and dynamic visualization; and integration with the Intel Security Controller for ease of container- and virtual machine-level security.

Midokura is a six-year-old network virtualization company, which late in 2014 announced it would open source its MidoNet technology. The company says MidoNet is a stable, scalable, easy to deploy, and fully open virtual networking solution on which anyone can innovate. It leverages an Apache 2 license, which is used under OpenStack; can run on any hardware; and Midokura says it functions well in production environments.

In October of last year, announced integration between Midokura Enterprise MidoNet and Ubuntu OpenStack. Ubuntu is one of the most widely deployed commercial distributions of OpenStack. MEM is available to Canonical customers via the MidoNet Juju Charm. Juju is an open source service modeling and deployment tool led by Canonical.

Speaking of Canonical, AT&T recently selected that company’s Ubuntu OS for its network transformation relative to its cloud, enterprise applications, and network initiatives. Ubuntu OS, which was designed for cloud, scale-out and ARM-based hyperscale computing, features fast and secure hypervisors, and the latest container technology with LXC and Docker.

And speaking of Docker and LXC, look for my upcoming story about containers and microservices in the March issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. The piece explains why there’s so much interest in containers and microservices these days. The idea of containers and microservices is about erecting more flexible architectures and creating smaller services that can be independently changed at a much faster pace and with more certainty that things will not break.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Executive Editor, TMC

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