February 12, 2016 09:00 ET

PLUMgrid CEO Joined Industry Luminaries on OpenStack Cloud Panel at Rackspace::Solve Event -- Q & A Follows

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 12, 2016) - PLUMgrid, a leader of secure and scalable SDN and NFV solutions for OpenStack® clouds, today announced that CEO Larry Lang joined a panel of experts in New York City in the first of three breakout sessions during the Rackspace::Solve thought leadership event. The Solve panel on OpenStack cloud agility was led by Lauren Nelson, senior IaaS cloud analyst at Forrester, and included Darrin Hanson, vice president and general manager of Rackspace Private Cloud OpenStack Solutions and Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager for OpenStack at Red Hat. The group discussed the "3 Steps to Achieve Business Agility with OpenStack Clouds."

As one of the fastest growing open source initiatives, OpenStack adoption is rapidly increasing in enterprises across the globe. OpenStack clouds deliver cost savings and increased agility and are powering production workloads for some of the largest companies in the world. This session explored the lessons learned by OpenStack adopters and how PLUMgrid and its partners deliver the components necessary to ensure success with the leading open source cloud technology. Following are questions and answers between Nelson and Lang from the event.

Q: PLUMgrid, Rackspace, and Red Hat are partnering to offer OpenStack solutions. Why is this partnership important and what does it offer to your customers? 

A: OpenStack networking requires secure multi-tenancy, scalable network functions, and proper operational tools. Today, Rackspace announced a key partnership with Red Hat. When combined with Rackspace's recent integration and reseller agreements with PLUMgrid to help enterprises and service providers operationalize their OpenStack clouds and our previous integration work with Red Hat, our three firms provide best-in-class production solutions to create a standard platform we can all use to build open, reliable and massively scalable clouds.

Q: How are enterprises achieving business agility with OpenStack clouds? Could you share some customer examples?  

A: For Red Hat and PLUMgrid, we have several customers that have told us that they were able to shorten network provisioning time from months to minutes including Swisscom.

Q: There is a lingering belief that OpenStack is not ready for prime time due to reasons such as complexity, lack of skills/talent, operational tools, etc. How does the combined solution from the companies help address the complexity concerns? 

A: PLUMgrid certifies our SDN software with each version of Red Hat OSP. PLUMgrid developed an SDN visualization and monitoring platform called CloudApex that speeds up network deployment, simplifies everyday operations at scale and minimizes production downtime. Additionally, with today's news we both add Rackspace's Fanatical Support to the services portfolio. And in terms of skill and talent, in the past six months more than 1,200 Virtualized Network Experts have been formally certified as part of the rigorous PLUMgrid University training program for OpenStack. The new VNE certifies that graduates receive functions as a new CCIE analog for software-based networking and ensures a fresh pool of talent to meet growing job demands in this market.

About PLUMgrid
PLUMgrid is the leader of secure and scalable virtual network infrastructure solutions for OpenStack clouds. PLUMgrid delivers industry leading software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions that enable modern data centers to connect tenants, applications and workloads efficiently across hypervisors, virtualized, container and bare metal architectures. PLUMgrid is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and is funded by venture capital and strategic investors. Visit, read the PLUMgrid blog and follow the company on Twitter @PLUMgrid.

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