GreatResponder.com on April 12, 2012: Web hosting DreamHost announced using Nicira network virtualization platform. Nicira network virtualization known to be provides many capabilities for software developers to create and use web scale apps or enterprises to create a research and development cloud. As these virtual networks can be created dynamically to support VM mobility between data centers without service disruption or address changes. As on Feb 2012, Nicira announced it’s Network Virtualization Platform. Nicira’s product and industry contributions with OpenStack an open technology with Rackspace Fanatical Support™.
“Nicira’s NVP software enables truly massive leaps in automation and efficiency,” said Carl Perry, Cloud Architect at DreamHost. “NVP decouples network services from hardware, providing unique flexibility for both DreamHost and our customers. By sidestepping the old network paradigm, DreamHost can rapidly build powerful features for our cloud. Network virtualization is a critical component necessary for architecting the next-generation public cloud services. Nicira’s plug-in technology, coupled with the open source Ceph and OpenStack software, is a technically sound recipe for offering our customers real infrastructure-as-a-service.”
DreamHost joins NTT, Rackspace and others using Nicira’s software to reduce the costs and accelerate service delivery in data center environments based on OpenStack, which recently announced that 19 companies have joined its OpenStack Foundation. by the way the open source OpenStack cloud infrastructure stack has gained a number of additional powerful allies, as IBM and Red Hat have both agreed to support the OpenStack Foundation. A number of other companies have pledged their support as well at a lower level, including Cisco, ClearPath Networks, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, NetApp, Piston Cloud Computing and Yahoo. This second tier, called the gold level, requires contributions between $50,000 and $200,000 a year, depending on company revenue.
Network virtualization removes the barriers that traditional networks face by providing multi-tenant network scalability and security, flexibility of workload placement and mobility, and elimination of error-prone manual reconfiguration, which are all challenges faced by large-scale cloud operators.
NVP is a scalable software system implemented at the network edge and managed by distributed clustered controller architecture. The system forms a thin software layer that treats the physical network as an IP backplane.
This allows the creation of virtual networks that have the same properties and services as physical networks, such as security and QoS policies, L2 reachability, and higher-level service capabilities such as stateful firewalling.