DreamHost Deploys Nicira's Network Virtualization Platform
Apr 12, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Nicira, a network virtualization company, announced that Southern California-based cloud provider DreamHost will deploy its Network Virtualization Platform (NVP).
"NVP not only gives us flexibility and operational efficiency with our network infrastructure, but it also provides us with a platform for innovating novel network and security features for our customers," said Jonathan LaCour, VP of Software Development at DreamHost.
Nicira reported that network virtualization removes the barriers common to traditional networks. It offers multi-tenant network scalability and security, flexibility of workload placement and mobility, and elimination of error-prone manual reconfiguration, all challenges faced by large-scale cloud operators. As a result, network virtualization provides capabilities for software developers to create and deploy web-scale apps or enterprises to create a research and development cloud.
"DreamHost and Nicira demonstrate that NVP is the network for OpenStack. Together, we share a game-changing vision of public cloud for developers and enterprises alike," said Alan Cohen, Vice President of Marketing at Nicira. "Combined with OpenStack Quantum, NVP delivers network-as-a-service: meaning total hardware independence, multi-tenant cloud scale, and enterprise security and networking capabilities, all on-demand."
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 approach 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. These virtual networks can be created dynamically to support VM mobility anywhere within or between data centers without service disruption or address changes.
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