Oracle brings OpenStack support to Virtual Networking fabric

New plug-in allows SDN capabilities to be created, provisioned and managed by OpenStack

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Oracle brings OpenStack support to Virtual Networking fabric The idea is to allow OpenStack-based cloud deployments to virtually eliminate VLAN exhaustion and bandwidth bottlenecks
By  Tom Paye Published  October 7, 2014

Oracle has introduced a plug-in for its Virtual Networking data centre fabric allowing support for OpenStack, the company announced at OpenWorld last week.

The Virtual Networking OpenStack Neutron plug-in is based on the OpenStack Icehouse release, and enables all of Oracle's software-defined networking (SDN) and network fabric capabilities to be created, provisioned and managed by the OpenStack framework, Oracle said.

The idea is to allow OpenStack-based cloud deployments to virtually eliminate VLAN exhaustion and bandwidth bottlenecks experienced with traditional networking, Oracle said.

"As the industry's fastest data centre fabric, Oracle Virtual Networking enables increased performance and agility while virtually eliminating the complexity in traditional data centres," said Raju Penumatcha, vice president of product development for Netra systems and networking, Oracle.

"Now with added support for OpenStack, customers can deploy cloud-enabled PaaS and IaaS with enhanced security and scale dynamically to address their business needs."

Oracle Virtual Networking delivers a wire-once, software-defined fabric for a heterogeneous data centre. The technology virtualises the SAN and LAN infrastructures by defining connectivity in software, giving users the flexibility and agility needed for IaaS and PaaS deployments, Oracle said.

The vendor claimed that, by consolidating both SPARC and x86 systems on a single fabric, Oracle Virtual Networking can reduce infrastructure complexity by 70% and cut capital expenditures by up to 50%.

Bringing OpenStack support to Virtual Networking is the latest move by Oracle to adopt the SDN framework. The vendor has also made OpenStack integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

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