Pluribus UNUM™ 5.0 – Management, Automation and Analytics for Multi-site Data Centers, 5G and Edge Network Transformation

Last week, I highlighted the release of Pluribus Networks Netvisor ONE 5.0 including the Adaptive Cloud Fabric, a major step forward in scaling open multi-site data center networks and moving toward the distributed cloud future. As Pluribus customers know, the Netvisor ONE OS and the Adaptive Cloud Fabric are only part of a complete software solution stack. This week I’ll cover the rest of the stack: Pluribus UNUM 5.0 software for the unified management, automation and analytics of multi-site distributed data center network fabrics.

At Pluribus Networks, we are strong believers in building open, scalable, programmable and easy-to-operate network infrastructures. Our customers who are building modern, open, programmable networks need the entire network to operate as one integrated entity that is easy to install, automate and troubleshoot with visibility into and deep insights about traffic flows and applications running in the network. In these next-generation SDN architectures, the Adaptive Cloud Fabric, powered by the Netvisor ONE OS, acts as the brains of the network while Pluribus UNUM acts as the hands and eyes.  Working together, they deliver the simple programmability, visibility and manageability that customers need.

“We like the programmability, the network segmentation and the fabric-wide telemetry. Also, the ability to see and control the entire fabric from any one switch makes operations simple.”
— Pluribus Networks customer review on Gartner Peer Insights[1]

Pluribus has been delivering on these requirements for some time. The Pluribus UNUM 5.0 release extends these capabilities even further.

UNUM 5.0 brings a number of new features and scale to multiple innovative use cases requiring fabric-wide management with Layer 3 support to manage virtual route forwarding, subnets, VXLAN and services like Virtual Link Extension. These capabilities are summarized in the slide below.

UNUM Release 5.0: Elastic Big Data Engine

One of the great new capabilities in UNUM 5.0 is the Fabric Health Dashboard, a powerful network health visualization engine for an entire multi-site data center fabric. The screenshot below gives you an idea of the dashboard’s visual interface. It neatly lays out the network topology view and provides the user the ability to drill deeper into the network.

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The dashboard also provides a number of other views for quick visual assessment of important metrics like switch memory and CPU utilization as well as interface bandwidth utilization and congestion, as shown in the figures below.

Fabric Health Dashboard

To get a more complete picture of the Fabric Health Dashboard’s capabilities and see it in action, check out this video.

Another useful capability introduced in UNUM 5.0 is Virtual Link Extension Wizard – a simple workflow for creating virtual links over VXLAN tunnels for cross-cluster point-to-point connectivity. This greatly simplifies direct connectivity of two network devices located in separate data centers, possibly in different continents, over an existing VXLAN overlay network.

These are just a few examples of how UNUM 5.0 enhances our customers’ ability to efficiently scale and manage their open multi-site data center networks. To learn more about the new capabilities in Pluribus UNUM 5.0, watch this video.

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Gartner Peer Insights reviews constitute the subjective opinions of individual end users based on their own experiences, and do not represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.


[1] Full review: https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/768264.

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About the Author

Jayesh Chokshi

Jay has over 15+ years of engineering, technical marketing and product management experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining Pluribus, Jay served as the Director of Product Management for several of Cisco’s Enterprise networking product lines, including the launch of the market leading and latest generation of ISRs - ISR4000 series and the virtualization platform ENCS5000 Series. His specialties include Enterprise and Managed Service Provider Networking solutions including SD-WAN, NFV, Data Center switching and Converged Infrastructure solutions. Jay is responsible for driving the Pluribus product/solutions portfolio and technical marketing and partner activities.