SOURCE: Midokura

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October 29, 2013 09:01 ET

New MidoNet Release Extends OpenStack Networking

Global Startup Advances Network Virtualization Market; Extends OpenStack Networking Functionality With Seamless Integration With OpenStack Grizzly and Havana

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 29, 2013) - Midokura, a global startup focused on network virtualization, today announced the latest release of its disruptive MidoNet technology. In addition to Layer 2 Gateway support, advanced Layer 3 Gateway functionality and other new features, MidoNet offers seamless integration and full support for OpenStack Grizzly and Havana releases, providing the most efficient, simple and seamless network virtualization integration for OpenStack customers building public and private clouds. With today's announcement, Midokura continues its strong commitment to the popular open source project.

The limitations of hardware-dependent networks are preventing modern businesses from realizing the full potential of their clouds -- and vastly limiting the return on investment. MidoNet empowers these organizations with its unique approach to network virtualization, helping them to break through the monotony and join the next wave of networking. The result is greater agility, reduced workloads on IT staff and the agility to respond to changing demands.

"With a deep understanding of OpenStack, our team has been tirelessly driving enhancements to our game-changing MidoNet network virtualization technology," said Dan Mihai Dumitriu, co-founder and CEO of Midokura. "With our new release, Midokura solidifies its disruptive position in the market and MidoNet as the natural network virtualization platform for the OpenStack community. We will continue to innovate alongside current OpenStack advances, and help advance the market."

First introduced in Fall 2012 to the U.S. market, MidoNet is a distributed, decentralized, multi-layer software-defined network virtualization solution specifically designed for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Midokura's approach not only adds automation that significantly reduces the human cost (OPEX) of managing the network, but also impacts the overall economics of cloud computing (CAPEX) by simplifying network requirements.

Key features in the new MidoNet release include:

Added Layer 2 Gateway Integration, Advanced Layer 3 Gateway Functionality
The reality of today's environments is that they often include some non-virtual infrastructure. MidoNet's network virtualization overlay now offers Layer 2 (L2) gateway integration, which allows network engineers to connect bare-metal servers to the overlay network. For customers that need to connect virtual and physical networks, MidoNet's software-based gateway provides the necessary integration and ultimately a migration path for the future. Now, customers can build a fully featured IaaS cloud with fully virtualized and distributed scale-out networking, while enabling existing physical servers to participate in the network overlay.

What's more, the new MidoNet release boasts advanced L3 gateway functionality, which supports dynamic routing for fault tolerance and gateway scalability.

New Management Tools
MidoNet has also been strengthened with new management tools to make the system easier to configure and administer. Co-existence of a virtualized network with a physical network is important to address. One new management aspect that MidoNet delivers is allowing for a trace route of the virtual network. Even if all the packets are moving about in a virtual network, a network administrator may still want to know how the network will behave if it was implemented physically so this is a key new benefit.

Command Line and User Interface
With the new MidoNet release, Midokura has enhanced the web-based graphical user interface and also improved the command line interface. Network administers often rely on command line The improved graphical user interface provides an easy way for IasS administrators to manage their virtualized network without understanding the level of detail that a network administers knows.

"IT is in need of a network that can keep up with the pace of today's cloud and virtualization environments. Network virtualization holds the promise of delivering a more agile, scalable and manageable environment," said Stu Miniman, Senior Analyst at Wikibon. "Startups such as Midokura are taking the lead in delivering much-needed innovation to networking. Midokura has been hard at work for three years building out their virtual networking software using a distributed overlay approach for resiliency and simplicity. The new MidoNet technology includes promising new functionality to advance network virtualization, which is critical to the success of deployment of OpenStack and other cloud solutions."

Availability and Pricing
The latest version of MidoNet is available now. Pricing starts at $500 per host for a one-year subscription. For more information, contact info@midokura.com.

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About Midokura
Midokura is a global startup focused on network virtualization. Founded in 2010, the team has a pedigree including Amazon and Google, and has spent more than three years building MidoNet, a complete overlay network virtualization solution that integrates with cloud platforms, such as OpenStack. Midokura has offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, Lausanne and Barcelona, and is on the web at http://www.midokura.com.

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