Enabling SDN Automation at the Edge
Pluribus Networks
Category
Edge Computing Innovation of the Year
Entry Description
Pluribus Networks’ mission is to simplify distributed cloud networking by providing a high-performance solution that fully automates and unifies Linux-based open networking, software defined networking (SDN), network virtualization and granular network analytics into a single cost-effective solution that is designed and tested to work out of the box.

Pluribus is leading the industry with innovation and SDN automation at the edge. With the latest release of its Netvisor® ONE OS, Pluribus claims a number of industry firsts, including the first open networking software to support the Celestica Edgestone™ carrier-grade white box central office switch, as well as the first integration of the data center gateway router function into the top-of-rack switch, which reduces cost, power and space in constrained edge environments.

- What, exactly, is novel about the product/process or innovation?

Pluribus has developed a solution that is purpose-built for distributed cloud networking and edge deployments.Pluribus delivers a controllerless software-defined networking fabric that provides a VXLAN virtual overlay and is ideal for simplifying the networking required for distributed cloud architecture.

- How does the product or process break with conventional ideas or processes in its field?

In constrained edge environments, an efficient yet comprehensive network automation solution is critical. Unfortunately, SDN automation, virtualization, segmentation, and traffic visibility solutions have, understandably, been designed for highly centralized data centers.

These current solutions typically require multiple controllers running on top of multiple servers at each edge location. In a central data center, these additional servers for network automation are “in the noise,” but in an edge mini data center they incur significant cost and consume power and space that is precious. Centralized controllers also suffer from latency penalties as they communicate back and forth with the switch/router infrastructure and also act as a single point of failure. Furthermore, because of their centralized heritage, these controllers often require a controller-of-controllers to manage multiple sites, which increases integration and deployment complexity.

- How does it go beyond marginal improvements on something that already exists?

The architectural approach to the Pluribus Netvisor ONE OS and Adaptive Cloud Fabric (ACF) is unique in that it is “controllerless,” where all software modules are containerized, distributed and designed to leverage the processing power and memory resources built into the open networking data center switches themselves.

Traditional solutions require many external servers; controller software licenses; CPU software licenses; and hardware-based probes, taps and packet brokers that typically need to be replicated site by site.

The Pluribus Adaptive Cloud Fabric eliminates the need for most of the external hardware and software required by these traditional approaches, dramatically reducing complexity and cost and optimizing for constrained edge environments.

- How do customers benefit from the product/process or innovation?

Customers save significant hardware costs because of Pluribus commitment to open networking.
Controllerless, distributed architecture is more resilient, less expensive to operate
Customers gain fabric wide visibility and management capabilities
Customers benefit from SDN automation across distributed data center sites, dramatically simplifying network operations
Customers have granular network segmentation capabilities that are essential in edge and emerging 5G deployments.

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“Pluribus Networks was selected for Econocom Italia’s multi-site data center deployment because their solution makes our four data centers look like one, radically simplifying operations while providing fabric-wide network services to our customers. We believe this is the most innovative multi-site and distributed cloud networking solution available.” Paolo Bombonati, COO, Econocom Italia

“With Pluribus’ controllerless SDN and Adaptive Cloud Fabric, we can dynamically move virtual machines, applications and workloads between data centers, and do maintenance without impacting customers. We can update policy across the entire network with a single command. We’re improving our service levels and customer satisfaction at the same time. Our network is highly automated, enabling us to better serve our business, and our business to better serve our customers,” Gareth Evans, Anana Infrastructure Manager.

“The cost savings of open networking is certainly compelling, but for our team, it is the fabric-wide visibility together with the SDN automation that make the Pluribus Networks solution so valuable to us day in and day out. With this deployment we continue to stay at the cutting edge of networking, further improving network operations and management.” Bart Myszkowski, AMS-IX network engineer

“Pluribus gives us a high degree of automation and programmability across our multi-site data centers, simplifying processes and network management while scaling our networking team. Thanks to the capabilities delivered by Pluribus, we can do far more today for the business, from employee mobility (VDI) to IT cost containment and network virtualization – all with the same team and budget.” Edoardo Gentili, Information Systems Manager at Scavolini
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