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Midokura's Latest Enterprise-Grade Network Virtualization Technology Release

February 25, 2015

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is hot and the pace of innovation in the space is picking up speed as frequent visitors to the Transforming Network Infrastructure Community can attest. In fact, SDN because of the urgency for enterprises to transform their data centers to agile and cost-effective next generation really has become an area of intense R&D investments which are beginning to show results in the form of new capabilities from traditional vendors and startups alike. 

 An example of what’s new from the startups comes in the announcement from San Francisco, CA-based network virtualization provider Midokura with the latest release of Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM). This is a scalable solution designed for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds which offers enterprise-grade support for VMare vSphere, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6 and OpenStack.

“At Midokura, we continue to disrupt the market and innovate our network virtualization solution to make cloud adoption seamless and easy for the enterprise,” said Dan Dumitriu, co-founder and CEO of Midokura. “Our latest Enterprise MidoNet release marks the next step in our product evolution by offering support for platforms that are already proven and well-entrenched in modern enterprise data centers. The result is that businesses can make the most of their technology investments with Midokura’s open, scalable network virtualization for heterogeneous hypervisors and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds.”

MEM’s the word 

As Midokura explains, MEM creates an intelligent, software-based network abstraction layer between the hosts and the physical network, by decoupling the IaaS cloud from the network hardware. THe objective is to allow operators to, “Build isolated networks in software that overlays the existing hardware-based network infrastructure. Designed for distributed computing, MEM provides per-tenant network control so that operators can create and make changes to the virtual network without disturbing the physical infrastructure via the intuitive MidoNet Manager.”

Highlights of the new Midokura Enterprise MidoNet release include:   

  • Support for the popular OpenStack Juno release.
  • Further enhancements for OpenStack Neutron, including the introduction of the Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS) from MidoNet. Extending the default LBaaS functionality from OpenStack, this new feature enables administrators to provide each tenant with distributed load balancing service from OpenStack Horizon UI.
  • Enhanced vSphere integration, which is particularly important so network administrators can manage both vSphere and OpenStack more consistently with a single MidoNet instance. Bridging virtualization and cloud orchestration provides the benefits of overlay network virtualization to heterogenous networks.
  • Certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6.

In addition, the company new features in MidoNet Manager, include BGP Configuration and Layer 4 Load Balancer Configuration.

The BGP Configuration:  allows for simple configuration of the BGP gateways and the ability to add or take down gateways to support new services or to adjust capacity.

The Layer 4 Load Balancer configuration feature:  enables easy addition of load balancers to new and existing resource pools and MidoNet Manager provides 360 degree visibility of all network constructs and load balancer health through automated health checks.

“Network virtualization offers the industry a new approach to networking. The technology is especially attractive given the reduction in complexity to the network. The new capabilities and features in Midokura’s new Enterprise MidoNet network virtualization release are promising, especially the ability to bridge existing virtualization technologies like vSphere, and the new support for leading enterprise platforms.” – Shamus McGillicuddy,?senior analyst, network management for Enterprise Management Associates, Inc.

The point about bridging the gap along with supporting the leading platforms is important. SDN is recognized as the path forward for architecting agile, secure, high-performance networks that are designed to be cost-effective and future ready, but getting from here to there without major disruptions will be critical for making transformations even more attractive. 

Midokura has made this latest version of MEM available immediately, and is offering a free 30-day software evaluation that includes enterprise-grade 24/7 support, documentation, hardened packages and the MidoNet Manager (GUI). 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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