Pluribus Networks Accelerates Mainstream Enterprise SDN and Private Cloud Deployment with Latest Netvisor Network Hypervisor Release

PALO ALTO, Calif. – April 14, 2015 – Pluribus Networks, the company that brings together compute, network, storage and virtualization into a programmable and hyper-converged SDN platform, announced today a new release of its Netvisor® operating system that enhances deployments in mainstream enterprise networks. With this Pluribus Netvisor release, enterprises do not need to make a tradeoff between SDN future-proofing and compatibility with their ‘brownfield’ Layer 2 and IP networks.

Key features of the release include:

  • REST APIs in addition to existing CLI and vManage GUI support, permitting deployment with current NetOps skillsets
  • VXLAN tunneling for virtual machine connectivity across arbitrary backbones
  • Layer 2 resiliency via standard protocols such as MLAG Active-Active Virtual Link Aggregation Groups
  • BGP fabrics and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol for data-center scale-out and Hadoop

The Pluribus open Freedom architecture enables true programmability via C++, Java, Python and APIs, which is an advantage compared to competitive solutions that only have scripting. In addition, a standard CLI, REST APIs and the vManage GUI permit deployment by the network operations team using their existing router and switch skillsets.

Compatibility with existing networking hardware and skillsets allows incremental SDN-ready switch deployment at the leaf or spine as opposed to a complete fabric rip-and-replace. For example, an enterprise considering a visibility fabric upgrade could replace its top-of-rack/leaf switches with Pluribus SDN technology for equal or less cost than the visibility upgrade, while preserving the existing core/spine investment. This programmable ‘application fabric’ brings compute closer to the switch infrastructure.

“What is fundamentally different and desirable from an SDN perspective is the S and D that is software-defined. Pluribus’ open Freedom architecture is one of the only programmable networking environments that offers multiple degrees of freedom when IT executives deploy overlays and network service virtualization projects,” said Nick Lippis, chair of the Open Networking User Group (ONUG). “This new version of the Pluribus Netvisor operating system represents a fundamental shift to open software on commodity hardware, a strategy that the ONUG community has been advocating since inception.”

Pluribus will be participating in the upcoming ONUG conference, May 13-14, at Columbia University in New York City. In addition, Co-founder and CTO Sunay Tripathi will conduct a tutorial entitled “How to Automate, Program, and Secure Your Network” at the ONUG Academy on May 12.

According to “Gartner Predicts: Seizing the Digital Business Advantage,” organizations that view the network as a strategic differentiator versus a cost-center will have an enormous impact on which succeed and which ones fall prey to disruption over the next few years. One in four market leaders today are going to cede market dominance to younger, nimbler companies because of a lack of digital business advantage, which Gartner defines as a combination of mobile and social apps, data and networking technology. One in five mainstream enterprises will lose massive amounts of market share, because of their inability to take full advantage of these technologies. Pluribus’ SDN technology is a key ingredient to this kind of digital business advantage.

About Pluribus Networks

Pluribus Networks delivers software-defined networking as an open application platform for today’s data centers. The company’s flagship product, Netvisor®, is the industry’s first distributed network hypervisor operating system, converging compute, network, storage and virtualization with an open, programmable approach. Our customers realize tangible and immediate business benefits while protecting their existing network investments. For more information, visit or go to


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