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Pluribus Introduces New DCI Solution

October 27, 2016

Pluribus Networks this week at the Open Network User’s Group event in New York unveiled its Open Data Center Interconnection solution.

Part of the company’s Virtualization-Centric Fabric services, DCI allows geographically dispersed data centers to be deployed in active-active and active-standby configurations to allow for business continuity, disaster recovery, and dynamic workload mobility. This solution, designed for cloud and enterprise customers, is affordable, highly available, and intuitive and can work in any existing environment.

DCI runs on the Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux platform via OCP and ONIE-compliant switching platforms from such companies as Dell and Edgecore. It leverages VXLAN technology. And it provides visibility into DCI tunnels, which makes capacity planning and understanding resource utilization easier.

“Simplifying DCI is a great example of one of those modern data center requirements that can be easily addressed by VCF,” says Sunay Tripathi, CTO of Pluribus Networks. “The ability to stretch the VLAN construct across data centers using VXLAN, and do so in software alone running on open networking hardware, demonstrates the true power of disaggregating networking hardware and software.”

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DCI, which allows various data centers to connect and talk to each other, is an important requirement today. Ovum says global DCI revenues grew more than 16 percent in 2014, reaching $2.5 billion, and that they’re expected to reach $4.2 billion by 2019.

And Andrew Schmitt, founder and lead analyst at Cignal AI, recently commented: “Cloud and content providers are the first to deploy any new technology that helps them better address the rapid growth of their networks,” “Infinera was first to market with a purpose-built DCI platform that did exactly that, and it essentially owns the market for this type of equipment today.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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