Pluribus Touts Network Visibility for Cloud-Native Applications -
Supports 400G Switch
February 2, 2022
Networks made release 7 of its Linux-based Netvisor ONE network
operating system (OS) and Adaptive Cloud Fabric SDN software. Just
off the heels of a $20M investment from Morgan Stanley Expansion
Capital, Pluribus continues to innovate with the seventh generation
of its industry-leading cloud networking solutions.
High-bandwidth, distributed and containerized cloud native
applications such as AI/ML, edge video processing, augmented reality
and more, are moving beyond the realm of hyperscalers and into a
wider range of enterprise, service providers and government
institutions. As the broader market builds out distributed cloud
infrastructure to scale these cloud-native applications,
container-to-container connectivity becomes increasingly complex and
difficult to troubleshoot.
With release 7 of its Netvisor ONE OS and Adaptive Cloud Fabric,
Pluribus is directly integrating three new fabric capabilities that
will empower NetOps teams to better troubleshoot, optimize and
secure cloud data center workloads: FlowTracker, KubeTracker and a
Virtualized Network Packet Broker. The new solutions provide
hardware accelerated, wirespeed performance and, unlike other
visibility and packet broker solutions, are highly cost-effective
and simple to deploy because they do not require the deployment of
additional expensive external hardware such as TAPS, TAP aggregators
and packet brokers.
Cloud-native applications are also consuming more East-West
bandwidth inside and across cloud data centers. With release 7,
Pluribus is addressing this growing bandwidth by unveiling support
for a high performance 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch from its
partner, Dell Technologies: the Dell PowerSwitch Z9432F-ON.
“With the dramatic rise in cloud native workloads, pervasive network
visibility has become critical to delivering best-in-class customer
experiences. Netvisor ONE release 7 brings the next level of
visibility to cloud networks, without the expense of external
monitoring hardware. NetOps teams finally have the tools they need
to dramatically improve application availability, speed
troubleshooting and hold confident conversations with their DevOps
counterparts,” said Kumar Srikantan, CEO, Pluribus Networks.
“We have simplified our network operations, increased our agility
and achieved continuous improvement for application availability
with our network based on the Pluribus Netvisor ONE OS and the
Adaptive Cloud Fabric integrated with the Dell PowerSwitches. As we
continue to deploy new applications for our customers, we look
forward to the enhanced capabilities from Netvisor R7 including
400GbE support and features such as KubeTracker that empower our
network operations team with the visibility they need to ensure the
performance of cloud native workloads,” said Curtis Melton, vice
president, Interop Technologies.
Comprehensive Network Visibility and Performance Monitoring Solution
Pluribus FlowTracker: provides integrated wirespeed
application-level network flow telemetry for every flow-type that
can traverse the Adaptive Cloud Fabric including TCP, UDP, ICMP and
infrastructure services (DNS, DHCP, NTP). Pluribus FlowTracker takes
advantage of enhanced network telemetry based on Broadcom’s Trident3
and Trident4 programmable Ethernet switch chips that are built into
data center switches, eliminating the need for additional hardware.
Flow-based network monitoring makes it easier for NetOps teams to
quickly discover, troubleshoot and root cause network issues.
Pluribus Networks’ optional UNUM Insight Analytics software can be
paired with FlowTracker to provide up to 30 days of stored flow
metadata, rich graphical dashboards and a powerful search function.
Pluribus KubeTracker: in
conjunction with FlowTracker, KubeTracker is the industry’s first
solution to provide NetOps teams with full visibility into East-West
traffic flows between containers. KubeTracker enables NetOps teams
to correlate containers with applications, on which hosts they
reside and how they are connected to the fabric, allowing for a full
understanding of distributed cloud native applications.
As containers are ephemeral and highly distributed, they drive a
complex web of East-West traffic flows that need to be tracked over
time for proper application and network performance monitoring.
Until now, NetOps teams have not had visibility into these flows,
making it difficult to verify application availability and network
performance for containerized workloads. KubeTracker is an
innovative new solution built into the Netvisor ONE OS and the
Adaptive Cloud Fabric that empowers NetOps teams to quickly identify
and troubleshoot any application availability issues, including
going back in time even after containers have been spun down,
enabling them to determine if network performance was or was not at
Pluribus Virtualized Packet Broker Service: in another industry
first, Pluribus is introducing a virtualized packet broker function
that runs at wirespeed, as a service, across the same Adaptive Cloud
Fabric that carries production cloud data center traffic. The
Pluribus Virtualized Packet Broker is software-defined and can be
instantly deployed fabric-wide to aggregate, filter and replicate
any flow from anywhere in the fabric and steer it to one or multiple
monitoring and security tools.
This new fabric service is cost-efficient, as NetOps and SecOps
teams are no longer required to build expensive overlay TAP and
packet broker networks. The solution is also uniquely able to span
multiple geo-distributed data centers, including edge data centers
which typically cannot accommodate an expensive packet broker, thus
ensuring pervasive visibility across every location in a data center
400 GbE Open Networking Switch Now Supported By Netvisor ONE OS
Dell EMC PowerSwitch Z9432F-ON: the compact Z9432F-ON provides 32
ports of 400GbE in QSFP56-DD form factor or 128 ports of 100GbE and
also supports 10/25/50GbE port speeds in a 1RU design. Pluribus
Netvisor ONE OS is tested and certified to run on this platform and
can be ordered directly through Dell and then easily loaded onto the
switch via the open network install environment (ONIE).
have always seen Pluribus as an industry innovator and applaud the
way they creatively take advantage of Broadcom silicon features. We
are pleased to see them leverage the Trident4 Ethernet programmable
switch series, and support new, high-density 400GbE switches, while
delivering pervasive network visibility,” said Ram Velaga, senior
vice president and general manager, Core Switching Group, Broadcom.
“Since its inception, the 400GbE market has been driven by
Hyperscalers with almost all 400 GbE ports being consumed by the top
cloud service providers. We see the broader market start to adopt
400 GbE at the end of 2022 with a more meaningful volume starting in
2023. Pluribus’ timing for introducing support of 400GbE is
appropriate and addresses this transition in the market,” said Sameh
Boujelbene, senior director, Data Center and Campus Ethernet Switch
Market Research, Dell‘Oro Group.