March 24, 2016 09:00 ET

PLUMgrid Recognized on CRN's Virtualization 50 List for Second Consecutive Year

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 24, 2016) - PLUMgrid, a leader of secure and scalable SDN and NFV solutions for OpenStack® clouds, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named PLUMgrid to its 2016 Virtualization 50 list. The annual list recognizes channel-friendly companies that provide some of the most innovative virtualization technology available.

Selected by CRN editors, the 2016 Virtualization 50 list recognizes technology vendors that are leading the way in meeting a growing need for state-of-the-art virtualization offerings. These vendors are instrumental in helping solution providers select and deploy the right tools for building virtualized environments -- a critical first step in transitioning customers to the cloud. In addition to honoring vendors for outstanding products and services, the list serves as a valuable guide for solution providers looking for best-in-class virtualization technology suppliers.

CRN editors select companies for the Virtualization 50 list on the basis of multiple criteria, including each company's overall impact on the market, its influence on the channel as a whole, and the desirability of the technology and services it makes available to its partners.

PLUMgrid is highlighted among top virtualization technology vendors for its Open Networking Suite (ONS) for OpenStack that helps enterprises and service providers operationalize OpenStack cloud's virtual networks and SDN deployments. ONS is a distributed software suite that enables clients to deploy network services seamlessly across virtual machines, containers, and bare metal environments. PLUMgrid was also recognized for CloudApex, its SDN visualization and monitoring platform that works in conjunction with PLUMgrid ONS to display the real-time status of physical and virtual resources in OpenStack clouds.

"Virtualization encompasses some of the most powerful tools in the IT industry today, enabling the centralization of resources and remarkable scalability of IT infrastructure," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. "This thriving segment of the IT market is the driving force behind the rapid, fascinating transformation of the data center, and we are pleased to shine a spotlight on some of the key players in this space."

"Being recognized two years in a row is testament to PLUMgrid's resilience and ongoing commitment to innovation," said PLUMgrid CEO Larry Lang. "ONS significantly reduces the deployment time of OpenStack clouds and with the rapid pace of software innovation operations teams need a simple, intuitive tool to quickly correlate, troubleshoot and manage virtual and physical resources. That's why CloudApex offers affinity-based GUI to correlate virtual and physical assets in real time, and configurable dynamic heat maps of virtual machines and networks with cloud-wide search to quickly locate data center resources."

The Virtualization 50 list will be featured in the April 2016 issue of CRN and online at

About PLUMgrid CloudApex
PLUMgrid CloudApex is a cloud network visualization platform that displays the real-time status of both physical and virtual resources in OpenStack clouds to help data center engineers manage the vast number of virtual resources in scale-out data centers while minimizing downtime. Built with patent-pending technology, CloudApex combines built-in analytics and alerts to help cloud engineers and operators proactively identify and act on emerging issues across both compute and network resources in an OpenStack cloud environment, integrating them into a unified graphical view. It offers a significantly more intuitive and comprehensive real-time approach to monitoring than traditional, linear format monitoring tools currently on the market. CloudApex works in conjunction with PLUMgrid ONS, and monitors selective 3rd party virtual and physical assets across OpenStack, hypervisors, and servers. Together, CloudApex speeds network deployment, helps with everyday operations at scale, and minimizes production outages.

About PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) for OpenStack
PLUMgrid ONS for OpenStack is a comprehensive software suite that enables scalable and secure virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds. Deployed by service providers and enterprises, PLUMgrid ONS provides terabits of scale out performance, production grade resiliency, and secure multi-tenancy for hybrid data centers. Built on PLUMgrid Platform® and IO Visor® technology, the software suite lets users create private Virtual Domains to provide isolation, security, and policy enforcement across tenants. Designated as OpenStack Compatible by the OpenStack Foundation, PLUMgrid ONS supports industry's broadest distribution including Canonical, Mirantis, Oracle, Piston, Red Hat and SUSE.

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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