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ICYMI: Coalition demonstrates SDN peering router

ICYMI: The ONOS Project and ONF says its SDN peering technology is a breakthrough; Cyan adds major vendors to SDN alliance.

A coalition headed by the Open Networking Operating System (ONOS) Project and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) deployed a software-defined peering router that successfully exchanged thousands of routes across a trans-Pacific link, demonstrating that software-defined networking (SDN) can be used to meet wide-area network routing requirements.

The ONOS-based router, running on a Corsa switch in Australia, exchanged 15,000 routes with the Vandervecken SDN controller stack at ESnet in Berkeley, Calif.

The coalition said the deployment represents an "important milestone" for the industry, according to ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt. "The collaborative effort from these organizations enables this communication across continents and demonstrates an international effort in the advancement of SDN."

The ONOS-based peering router is deployed across two sites in Sydney -- the switch in an AARNet data center and the ONOS application in a CSIRO research laboratory about 12 miles away. The router peered with the Vandervecken router via a Layer 2 virtual LAN. The Vandervecken router is also based on a Corsa switch and runs SDN software developed by Google.

"This project is a great example of a global collaboration in an exciting area of technology. Much of the focus in SDN until now has been on networking within the data center, so it's an important step forward to see this work across a wide-area network," said David Wilde, AARNet network architect, in a statement.

The SDN-based peering router is a free, open source application built on ONOS and is currently available for download from the ONOS Project website. It enables SDN networks to interact with software-defined and traditional (non-SDN) networks by peering with one another to advertise, collect and exchange routes using external Border Gateway Protocol eBGP. The peering application receives route advertisements from peers, resolves next hops and then programs the OpenFlow switch in the SDN data plane through ONOS.

Cyan adds major players to SDN and NFV alliance

Cyan added seven new partners to its SDN and NFV alliance, Blue Orbit, which focuses on creating interoperable applications and infrastructures for major SDN and NFV deployments. The new participants are ADI Engineering, Aria Networks, Brocade, GENBAND, Intel, VMware and Wind River, all of which will work with Cyan to create, test and deploy SDN and NFV network designs.

"We are pleased to welcome these new members to the Blue Orbit Ecosystem," said Joe Cumello, chief marketing officer of Cyan, in a statement. "Together, we are working to further validate that SDN and NFV can meet the application, scale, and performance requirements that service providers demand."

Cumello said to make NFV a mainstream technology, it must have the capability to run virtual functions on high performance servers and meet the requirements of production networks.

The companies will examine the development of virtual network functions, physical network elements and virtual infrastructures, Cyan said.

Read the full announcement from Cyan here.

PlumGrid and Cumulus release OS for bare-metal switches

PlumGrid and Cumulus Networks have released a new OS for bare-metal switches the companies contend will make it easier for enterprises and providers to deploy a unified overlay and underlay architecture for OpenStack clouds.

The software, PlumGrid Open Networking Suite (ONS), is based on the vendor's PlumGrid Platform and IO Visor technology. It allows users to create virtual domains supporting security, policy enforcement and isolation across multi-tenant clouds, the vendor said.

The companies said the app leverages Cumulus' Linux underpinnings and the virtual tunnel end-point standard to let cloud providers configure bare-metal workloads with generic north-south gateway functionalities and other capabilities.

Linux is the glue that allows physical workloads to be connected with PlumGrid's overlay, giving processor-intensive applications such as databases, storage and appliances the throughput they need to be distributed at wire rates.

In a statement, Wendy Cartee, PlumGrid's vice president of product management and marketing, said the partnership will "result in tighter integration of our virtual and physical infrastructure solution to enhance secure and scalable OpenStack clouds for our customers."

The full release can be found here.

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