Traditional Network Infrastructure is Inflexible

In the effort of supporting business continuity and regulatory compliance, IT organizations face the constant challenge of inefficient and time consuming network related tasks, resulting in high operational cost and lack of agility.

Many IT managers are restrained by their legacy network infrastructures, which are complex, onerous to manage and automate and often based on single vendor fabrics, up to the point that their networks can no longer meet current business requests, nor be expanded to add new capacity or new technological innovations to support business growth.

Pluribus Netvisor® Fabric Automation removes all these hindrances by simplifying key administrative phases: network deployment, network maintenance and updates, network reporting and troubleshooting, and network capacity expansion.

Pluribus Netvisor® Operating System

Pluribus Networks advances virtual and software-defined networking (SDN) through Netvisor, the industry’s most programmable, open source-based network operating system. Netvisor is based upon the Pluribus Virtualization-Centric Fabric (VCF™) architecture, a proven approach to understanding flow, rapidly responding to business needs and securing your data.

Netvisor combines the benefits of server clustering for networking with a distributed controller fabric. The traditional CLI (Command Line Interface) is paired with fabric-wide programmability (C, RESTful API), and DevOps tools (e.g. Ansible) for agility and automation via a single point of management.

In combination with our switch hardware, Netvisor provides best- in-class switching economics. The deployment flexibility is guaranteed by Pluribus Netvisor full L2/L3 stack providing complete interoperability with the legacy networking infrastructure, allowing for easy insertion into third party deployments.

Virtualization-Centric Fabric

The Pluribus Netvisor is based on the Pluribus Virtualization- Centric Fabric (VCF™) which can be constituted by a collection of Pluribus switches running Netvisor that, by sharing network configuration and state information, can be managed as a single switch. The control fabric that interconnects Netvisor switches is realized over TCP/IP transport and can scale to a number of nodes and server ports much larger than any existing fabric technology without imposing any restriction on the network topology, in-band or out-of-band connectivity and topological distance between nodes. As Netvisor switches support full standard L2 and L3 data plane and protocols, the Pluribus Netvisor Virtualization-Centric Fabric works well in a multi-vendor environment by interoperating with existing infrastructure and allows easy insertion of third-party network elements.

Without the necessity of electing master node roles or introducing external controllers or NMS tools, remote control of the entire fabric is possible by connecting to any switch, thus eliminating single points of failure.

Netvisor Fabric Automation – Capabilities

  • One CLI/API to automate the fabric from any switch:
  • Create application policies (VLAN, QoS, switch port buffer, Secruity, vLB, vRouter Service chaining)
  • Automate assignment of Application Policies when a new VM/host connects to the fabric or migrates
  • Distributed controller architecture using server-clustering technology
  • Multi-threaded (1,000s of concurrent calls), server-style APIs(no southbound protocols)
  • Highly scalable: scale across pods and datacenters
  • L2 broadcast (ARP) free
  • STP-free L2 fabric
  • Hit-less, automated fabric software upgrade and configuration snapshot rollback
  • L3 fabric w/ “L2 everywhere”: fabric based VXLAN overlay automation
  • Fabric-wide configurations are atomic transactions guaranteed to succeed or fail across the fabric