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Focus on SDN: SUSE and Midokura



By: frego

April 11, 2016 4:01 pm

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SUSE and Midokura, a global leader in software defined networking, have formed a partnership around OpenStack that’s already paying dividends in the form of customer adoption. For a quick overview of how we work together, check out this new SUSE-Midokura solution brief.

The software-defined movement is transforming the way that enterprises think about their IT operation. Market forces are pushing the limits of the data center, and in order to respond to new requirements for  speed, scalability and agility, businesses are moving workloads to public and private clouds, and defining more of their data center in software. Software-defined networking (SDN) is at the heart of this movement because it provides a company with the ability to model its physical networking environment in software rather than expensive purpose-built networking hardware.  By decoupling the IaaS cloud from the network hardware, SDN creates an intelligent, software-based network abstraction layer between the hosts and the physical network that allows operators to move from hardware-based network appliances to software-based, multi-tenant virtual domains. IDC_QuoteSDN adds a significant amount of agility since it enables operators to ramp up or ramp down network resources and adapt to sharp, unpredictable spikes in demand much easier than traditional networks. The SDN market is growing at an amazing clip with an anticipated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 53.9% from 2014 to 2020 and will be worth nearly $12.5 billion in 2020 (IDC).

Even as SUSE customers flock to public cloud providers like AWS and Azure, they’re increasingly looking at private and hybrid clouds to meet their requirements for performance, agility and compliance. SUSE OpenStack Cloud provides the agile and open infrastructure, and MidoNet – Midokura’s open-source, highly scalable, and resilient, network virtualization system – overlays the existing network hardware infrastructure, and allows users to build isolated networks entirely in software. SUSE’s partnership with Midokura ensures that the combination of Midonet with SUSE OpenStack Cloud is a fully supported and enterprise-ready OpenStack SDN solution.

How does Midonet work? A Midonet Controller/Agent resides on each hypervisor and captures packets on the edge before they enter the logical network, reducing unnecessary traffic on the overlay network and improving performance and latency. Single points of failure in OpenStack Neutron are eliminated with MidoNet’s distributed architecture. And there’s no need to reconfigure physical networks since changes are made on logical networks using the MidoNet Manager, for a single-pane-of-glass management experience.

SUSE and Midokura have already seen success in customers like S2, an IT management services company in Japan, who is using the combination of SUSE OpenStack Cloud and Midonet to deliver a cloud infrastructure that is very flexible and easily handles peak internet traffic while minimizing downtime or cost fluctuations.

Working together with partners like Midokura, SUSE transforms OpenStack from a pure Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering to an IT solution that addresses customer requirements for scalability, agility and reduced cost.

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