Pluribus Networks has been named a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Open, Programmable Switches for Businesswide SDN, Q3, 2020. Click here to get your copy. We are proud that Pluribus is among the 12 “providers that matter most” in this category, particularly in light of what a tumultuous year it has been for the industry.
Why is this important? Forrester’s vision of networking aligns very much with what we believe here at Pluribus. We believe this report demonstrates quantitatively that Pluribus continues to evolve, mature and deliver on the right architectural vision for the network. Forrester developed a new business technology network framework that it calls the VNI – virtual network infrastructure which is defined by 5 key tenets in their report “Five Tenets Define Virtual Network Infrastructure, A Bold New Business Network”. In that report they emphasize “Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals must understand why VNI is a core technology strategy to help win, serve, and retain customers.” VNI at its core is a software defined network that provides one or more virtual networks which are abstracted from the underlying physical network – providing a homogenous layer of logical connectivity across the business that allows users to quickly instantiate new network services and connections to support their business needs. This software-centric approach delivers a new level of agility and empowerment of network users and becomes the nervous system for digital transformation.
Graphic from Forrester’s “Decode The New Networking Alphabet Soup, June 2019.”
Pluribus’ Netvisor ONE® operating system and Adaptive Cloud Fabric™ (ACF) controllerless SDN software are increasingly being viewed by the market as the most cost-effective and operationally efficient approach to modernize, automate and virtualize mission critical data center and campus aggregation networks. As the Forrester Wave™ report states, (and we couldn’t say it better ourselves) – “Firms need the flexibility to distribute applications and data across private cloud, public cloud, and edge compute areas. This trend erases the distinction of traditional network segments — campus local area network (LAN), data center LAN, or branch office LAN — that defined specific areas for users, applications, and data. A single, businesswide switching fabric will become the de facto architecture…”
We’ve long noted, along with many analysts, that digital transformation is dependent on organizations selectively moving workloads to public clouds while investing in private cloud infrastructure for the majority of workloads. As private clouds become more distributed, data centers need increased automation, scale, performance and resiliency to make them more cloud-like. Compute and storage have long been automated and virtualized in the data center, but the networks provided by legacy vendors have lagged behind.
Pluribus’ Netvisor ONE and ACF running on open networking switches are solving this challenge and transforming data center networks by creating a fabric that automates the physical underlay but, more importantly, provides a fully automated network overlay that can stretch across multiple data center locations and out into the campus network as well. Both underlay and overlay are completely unified, highly automated, feature rich and work right out of the box. The overlay provides rich on-demand L2/L3 network services, multi-tenancy, network segmentation, telemetry and analytics and full automation without the cost and complexity of multiple controllers found in other solutions.
I am extremely proud of the Pluribus team, which has worked so hard to enhance our product offering and continue to delight our customers,” said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO, Pluribus Networks. “Pluribus is an ideal example of how much innovation can occur from a nimble organization that is committed to open networking.”
Pluribus software is deployed in approximately 300 customer networks across multiple private and public verticals, including more than 75 tier one mobile network operators who have deployed our solution in their 4G and 5G virtualized core infrastructure. These large scale and mission critical environments have provided the vehicle for Pluribus to prove out the value of our software and its ability to deliver uncompromised agility, performance, security and resiliency in the most demanding environments.
Per the Forrester Wave™ report: “Pluribus Networks entered the market and redefined what customers should get from a single hardware switch…”
We plan to continue redefining what customers should expect from the network as they undertake their digital transformations. Pluribus remains committed to its corporate strategy and to open networking product innovation. There is plenty of work still to be done, but we are grateful to our industry colleagues, partners and customers for their role in validating our architectural approach and execution.
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Mike is Chief Marketing Officer of Pluribus Networks. Mike has over 20 years of marketing, product management and business development experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining Pluribus, Mike was VP of Global Marketing at Infinera, where he built a world class marketing team and helped drive revenue from $400M to over $800M. Prior to Infinera, Mike led product marketing across Cisco’s $6B service provider routing, switching and optical portfolio and launched iconic products such as the CRS and ASR routers. He has also held senior positions at Juniper Networks, Pacific Broadband and Motorola.