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PLUMgrid, Huawei Simplify OpenStack Deployment

May 19, 2015

Virtual network infrastructure developer PLUMgrid recently announced its partnership with information communications technology developer Huawei to simplify the launch of OpenStack for software defined networking business setups.

The partnership will first leverage Huawei Compass, an open-source project that allows businesses to deploy OpenStack through a Huawei cloud. That platform allows for simple management of physical and virtual network elements through awareness of both Huawei and third-party hardware and the addition of APIs which allow for more fine-grained control of OpenStack deployments. Huawei Compass will be able to install the PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite which will provide Virtual Domains – network containers – that can segment data traffic for ease of security and file access.

Zhipeng Ren, the president of the cloud computing product line at Huawei, spoke in the recent announcement about how the partnership will benefit both the OpenStack community and business operators.

“Our partnership with PLUMgrid to add the deployment of a proven and powerful SDN and NFV platform via Compass is a win for the OpenStack community and to operators of OpenStack clouds everywhere,” Ren said.

Operators typically use OpenStack for their own infrastructure-as-a-service products, so for them to use the Huawei cloud, a deployment-as-a-service model, seems fitting. Both styles of operations aim for ease of use in the products of their choosing. In this case, it is Huawei that is trying to make it easier on all businesses that wish to use OpenStack but that may have a hard time setting up third-party hardware they have chosen to use.

From there, businesses are thrust into the future of networking with software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, which promises simpler setups and better control over computing resources. Although the Compass project attempts to make it easy to get operations up and running, it also provides a set of APIs as tools to give companies as much control over the process as they desire. Each Virtual Domain in these OpenStack deployments will run separate network functions, and the APIs will give operators the tools they need to control those functions as they desire.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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