Netvisor Positioned for Incremental Adoption of Software-Defined Networking

Pluribus Networks this week updated its Netvisor network hypervisor OS for better integration with existing networks in order to help enterprises adopt software-defined networking (SDN) technologies incrementally.

The open, programmable Netvisor solution comprises compute, network, storage and virtualization resources, the company said.

"With this Pluribus Netvisor release, enterprises do not need to make a tradeoff between SDN future-proofing and compatibility with their 'brownfield' Layer 2 and IP networks," the company said in a statement.

Emphasizing the programmability aspect of the young SDN movement, Pluribus noted its open architecture features REST APIs that developers can use along with command-line interface (CLI) and VManage GUI support.

Developers can work with C++, Java and Python, while the REST APIs and other tools help enterprises deploy projects using their existing router and switch talents.

The Netvisor architecture
[Click on image for larger view.] The Netvisor Architecture (Source: Pluribus Networks)

"Compatibility with existing networking hardware and skillsets allows incremental SDN-ready switch deployment at the leaf or spine as opposed to a complete fabric rip-and-replace," the company said. "For example, an enterprise considering a visibility fabric upgrade could replace its top-of-rack/leaf switches with Pluribus SDN technology for equal or less cost than the visibility upgrade, while preserving the existing core/spine investment. This programmable 'application fabric brings compute closer to the switch infrastructure."

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