Network virtualization company Midokura announced a partnership with Cumulus Networks to offer a joint technology solution that will enable customers to manage workloads on virtual and non-virtualized infrastructure. This partnership further extends the new networking open ecosystem where businesses can have the flexibility to choose between various industry standard networking hardware, network operating systems and applications. In January Dell announced that it will be offering Cumulus Linux network OS as an option for its Dell Networking S6000 and S4810 top-of-rack switches.
“The partnership between Midokura and Cumulus Networks represents a significant step forward in the modern networking movement,” said Dan Mihai Dumitriu, Midokura CEO and co-founder. “By enabling virtual networks to span across both virtual and physical workloads, we will give customers the power of choice and the ability to experience networking without constraints.”
Empowering Open Networking
Midokura’s MidoNet is a software-based, highly distributed, network virtualization system that allows service providers and enterprises to build, run, and manage virtual networks with increased control and flexibility. Together, Midokura and Cumulus Networks will provide a solution that enables MidoNet to connect to physical switches running Cumulus Linux, allowing network traffic flows from virtual machines to machines running on physical infrastructure through the VxLAN Tunnel Endpoint (VTEP) gateway. It will enable service providers and enterprise customers to provision networks for physical workloads, in a matter of minutes. The joint solution will enable customers to deploy virtual networks, preserve bare metal servers, and provide the desired performance for production-class network traffic with wire rates.
“Enterprise and cloud service providers are going through a transformation to SDN-architected networks to improve automation in their data centers via increased network programmability,” stated Cliff Grossner, Directing Analyst, Infonetics Research. “In our view, Midokura and Cumulus Networks are the first in the industry to bring together network virtualization and bare metal networking with the aim of providing an open network that will enable innovation in automating operations for virtual and non-virtual workloads. We believe that enterprises and cloud service providers will want to look at how the Midokura-Cumulus solution will improve application deployment timeframes and reduce operational costs.”