Pluribus Networks Advances OpenStack-Based Network Virtualization with Red Hat Collaboration

PALO ALTO, Calif. – April 15, 2013 – Pluribus Networks, the leader in hardware-accelerated network virtualization for private and public cloud datacenters, today announced that it is working with Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, to help joint customers orchestrate and manage Pluribus Networks Netvisor® Fabric-based network infrastructure using Red Hat OpenStack software.

The Pluribus Networks network hypervisor technology transforms OpenStack scalability by providing network service-level abstractions for large-scale multi-tenancy, powered by distributed Fabric intelligence. This offloads the orchestration platform from managing individual L2-L3 Ethernet switches and L4-L7 network services, resulting in simplified operations of datacenters with up to 16 million tenants.

This collaboration is designed to take advantage of the server-like programmability of the Pluribus Networks Netvisor Fabric to deliver a flexible, performant, and scalable network virtualization solution that addresses the growing demands of enterprise and public cloud infrastructures. With this collaboration, Pluribus Networks will deliver pre-validated and Red Hat-certified OpenStack-based Network-as-a-Service solutions for maximum ease of deployment among customers.

Additional benefits of this collaboration include the ability to:

  • Scale and rapidly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) private and public cloud environments;
  • Seamlessly and dynamically allocate compute, storage, and networking services throughout the entire network stack, from Layer 1 to Layer 7;
  • Maximize use of available entire network connectivity and capacity with Layer 2 and Layer 3 Multi-pathing while improving resilience with a self-healing Fabric design;
  • Offload the orchestration of individual network elements from the cloud management platform to achieve the Fabric-level abstraction of presenting virtual networks as single, big, logical switches to tenants.

“The networking layer is an integral component to any cloud deployment and our collaboration with Pluribus Networks and the OpenStack Quantum API highlights our joint commitment to an open standards-based approach”,said Radhesh Balakrishnan, General Manager, Virtualization at Red Hat. “We expect our targeted validation and certification activities with Pluribus Networks and its OpenStack Quantum API to result in integrated solutions that deliver compelling business value to customers.”

Red Hat OpenStack delivers a comprehensive cloud management platform comprised of all the core OpenStack services and gives IT professionals an easier way to deliver resources. Red Hat has been working with an early group of customers who have been strong advocates for a commercial release of OpenStack from Red Hat, and who have been instrumental in providing the feedback and testing required.

Pluribus Networks Netvisor is a programmable, distributed network operating system that runs on Pluribus Networks’ highly-optimized Server-Switch™ hardware. Netvisor provides a platform for Fabric-based computing that enables applications to move into the network, and to serve both physical and virtual network infrastructure. The solution is highly modular and fault tolerant with a self-healing design that enables extremely-high operational flexibility and makes zero-touch provisioning of virtual networks and network services a reality.

“Cloud computing is driving the convergence of server, storage, and network”, said Sunay Tripathi, Co-Founder and CTO at Pluribus Networks. “Pluribus believes that the network Fabric should be as programmable and open as a Server while offering the performance and visibility required to operate and troubleshoot at scale. The expertise of Red Hat in developing thriving communities and delivering enterprise-class products based on open-source technology will help accelerate our ability to deliver software-defined networking software and infrastructure for cloud data centers. We are looking forward to integrated solutions testing and deployments with our joint customers.”


The Pluribus Networks Netvisor® solution is currently available to select customers on the Pluribus Networks F64 Series Intelligent Top-of-Rack (iTOR) Server-Switch platform.

For more information about the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, visit

About Pluribus Networks

Pluribus Networks is a leader in performance-oriented network virtualization for private and public cloud datacenters. Our systems transform how IT administrators deploy applications so they can realize productivity gains and enable new business models. Pluribus Networks delivers operational excellence by optimizing datacenter network utilization while maintaining required levels of performance, reliability, and availability.


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