Network virtualization vendor Midokura recently announced details of a partnership with Cumulus Networks that expands its ability to connect virtual, software defined networks to physical infrastructures and workloads. Midokura’s Midonet platform is a distributed, software-defined, networking platform that specializes in virtualized networking in a space that features the likes of Juniper Contrail, PLUMgrid, and VMware NSX. Cumulus Networks, meanwhile, offers Cumulus Linux, a Linux-based operating system for networking hardware. Whereas Midokura’s Midonet platform previously was able to connect virtualized networking infrastructures to non-virtualized infrastructures by way of its support of Layer 2 Gateway technology, its partnership with Cumulus Networks expands its ability to support non-virtualized infrastructures by adding enhanced speed, automation, scalability and performance to the connection between virtualized and physical workloads. Midonet connects to physical network switches that reside within a Cumulus Linux-based OS by means of a VxLAN Tunnel Endpoint (VTEP) gateway.
Because VxLAN represents an industry standard networking technology, Midokura’s partnership with Cumulus Networks affirms its commitment to supporting industry protocols that mitigate against proprietary networking protocols and operating systems that encourage vendor lock-in. Overall, the Midonet collaboration with Cumulus Linux promises dramatic improvements in the speed, scalability, performance and simplicity of networking infrastructures. Midokura and Cumulus Networks plan to offer a preview of their partnership in May 2014 and a general availability release in Q3 2014. The partnership between the two companies promises to push the envelope with respect to open standards in software defined networking in addition to improving the economics of building large-scale networks that encompass a combination of virtual and physicalized infrastructures.
Midokura today announced the latest release of Midonet, its software defined networking platform for IaaS infrastructures. MidoNet now integrates with OpenStack Grizzly and OpenStack Havana and supports Layer 2 Gateway networking. MidoNet’s support of Layer 2 Gateway means that customers can now “connect bare-metal servers to the overlay network” and thereby add physical networks to its network virtualization platform. The latest release also features an enhanced management console marked by the ability to understand how a virtualized network would operate if it had experienced a physical installation. In addition, today’s release boasts an enhanced command line in its web-based user interface. Midonet’s distributed, decentralized, software defined network virtualization platform represents an alternative to the Open vSwitch (OVS) Plugin provided by OpenStack. In an interview with Cloud Computing Today, Adam Johnson, General Manager of Midokura, notes that Midonet claims competitive advantages over OVS such as improved security, efficiency, scalability and performance as it strives to become the networking solution of choice for the OpenStack community.
Building upon its finalization of $17.3 million in Series A funding, Midokura recently announced the integration of its MidoNet technology platform with Apache CloudStack, the open source IaaS platform that Citrix submitted to the Apache Foundation in 2012. MidoNet is a software-defined virtual network solution for IaaS that leverages a distributed, decentralized virtual networking architecture. MidoNet’s value proposition consists in its ability to streamline the management of networking infrastructures for IaaS while reducing costs by means of the simplicity of the platform’s networking topology. Midokura CEO Dan Mihai Dumitriu remarked on the significance of MidoNet’s integration with CloudStack as follows:
We view Apache CloudStack as a leading open source platform, so we are pleased to offer a tightly integrated solution which gives CloudStack customers the ability to take advantage of the MidoNet network virtualization solution. The major benefits of the joint solution will be increased scalability, functionality and management of the network layer, along with a simpler approach to network design.
Dumitriu notes how MidoNet brings enhanced simplicity and scalability in addition to improved “functionality and management” to CloudStack and other IaaS platforms. MidoNet already claims integration with OpenStack, and hence its recent CloudStack announcement stands to widen its adoption and consolidate Midokura’s positioning as one of the leading software defined networking vendors for the IaaS space. As MidoNet’s adoption accelerates, the industry should expect to hear more in the way of customer success stories that underscore, elaborate and explain the uniqueness of MidoNet’s distributed, decentralized virtual networking platform in contradistinction to VMware’s acquisition Nicira.
Today, Midokura announced the finalization of $17.3 million in Series A funding in a round led by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan with additional participation from NTT Group’s Venture Fund, DOCOMO Innovations Inc. and NEC Group’s Venture Fund, Innovative Ventures Fund Investment L.P. The funding is intended to expand Midokura’s product development teams and contribute to the refinement of its go-to-market strategy. Coincident with the news of Midokura’s Series A funding is the announcement that Dan Mihai Dumitriu, formerly CTO, replaces Tatsuya Kato as CEO. Co-founder Tatsuya Kato will assume the responsibility of Chairman of the Board. CEO Dan Mihai Dumitriu remarked on the significance of the capital raise and the company’s software defined networking technology as follows:
As enterprises and carriers embrace and build out IaaS clouds, an overlay-based network virtualization platform will soon be a must-have technology. The financial support of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, and other key backers, validates our strategy as well as the work we’ve done over the past three years developing our industry leading product MidoNet. This funding will enable us to accelerate our product engineering, the establishment of partnerships, and the growth of our customer base. We look forward to delivering the most performant, scalable and fault tolerant network virtualization solution to the IaaS infrastructure market.
Here, Dumitriu neatly summarizes the concept behind Midokura’s Midonet platform, a distributed, software-defined virtual network solution targeted toward IaaS cloud-service providers as well as enterprises. Midokura plays in the space made famous by VMware acquisition Nicira, but is designed differently because of its decentralized, fully distributed architecture as elaborated by Brad Hedlund. The company is already a veteran contributor to the OpenStack community and is in the process of gearing up to announce further partnerships with other cloud platforms in the upcoming months according to Chief Strategy Officer Ben Cherian. Now that the company is flush with a significant infusion of cash, the industry should expect to hear more news about Midokura’s penetration into the U.S. market as its unique software defined networking platform increases its footprint in IaaS infrastructures and delivers simplified network infrastructures and protocols for data transmission in addition to high performance and high availability virtual networking solutions.
Midokura today announced its official entry into the U.S. market with a network virtualization offering geared towards Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms. Midokura was founded in 2010 with the intent of building a public cloud in Japan. The company’s cofounders Tatsuya Kayo and Dan Mihai Dumitriu quickly recognized the challenge of building cost-effective, efficient networking infrastructures for cloud platforms and decided to focus on networking solutions for IaaS. Midokura’s virtualization platform, Midonet, decouples the cloud from network hardware by creating an abstraction layer that lies between the physical network and hosts. The resulting environment enables the following benefits:
•Simplified network infrastructure
•Simplified and reduced network protocols for data transmission
•Improved fault tolerance
Midonet delivers a “distributed, de-centralized, multi-layer software defined virtual network solution” that overlies an IP connected network and thrusts network intelligence to the network’s edge. Midonet is integrated with the Essex version of OpenStack and features a plugin for Quantum in addition to Nova network drivers. Midonet’s tight integration with OpenStack means that the product is ready for deployment in enterprise-grade OpenStack installations all over the world.
Jonathon Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, remarked on Midokura’s contribution to OpenStack as follows:
Companies like Midokura are growing the OpenStack user base by advancing the technology and offering real deployment options. The team that built MidoNet has been active in the OpenStack community, and have been consistently contributing to the project. The ability to extend the OpenStack platform with pluggable networking technologies allows greater innovation and choice for our users.
Because Midokura has “been consistently contributing” to the OpenStack project, it stands well poised to cater to the needs to OpenStack deployments that have differentially drawn upon the OpenStack product and its different versions for their own customized installations. Midokura’s team includes engineers from Amazon, DreamHost, Fulcrum Microsystems, Google, NEC and NTT. The company’s core product, Midonet, will target both cloud service providers as well as enterprises.