Midokura Announces Scalable Network Virtualization Solution Designed for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Clouds

Midokura, a global provider of software network virtualization with offices in San Francisco, Tokyo and Barcelona, has announced the latest release of Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM) – a scalable network virtualization solution designed for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds.

The new release would provide a robust network virtualization overlay solution for connectivity between multi-site OpenStack clouds, and deliver a modern Software Defined Networking (SDN) approach to container orchestration engines, including Kubernetes and Docker Swarm.

“Enterprise organizations across the globe continue to adopt Midokura’s network virtualization solution to make cloud adoption easier and to retain a tight grip over their networks and applications,” said Pino de Candia, CTO of Midokura. “Our latest iteration of the Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM) technology is designed to address real market needs, including the ability to connect multiple OpenStack clouds and support the containers movement.”

MEM Technology

The MEM technology offers an intelligent, software-based network abstraction layer between the hosts and the physical network, allowing operators to build isolated networks in software overlaying pre-existing hardware-based network infrastructure.

Designed for distributed computing, MEM provides per-tenant network control so operators can create and make changes to the virtual network without disturbing the physical infrastructure via the intuitive MidoNet Manager. What’s more, MEM Insights provides end-to-end operational tools, including advanced analytics and dynamic visualization of the virtual network.

Significant new features and functionality in the latest MEM release would provide enhanced scalability, simplicity and security. The new version also includes the following:

  • Multi-Cloud Connectivity with Router Peering – The new MEM router peering feature provides overlay connectivity between multiple sites where OpenStack is deployed, say between Data Center #1 and #2, with VXLAN tunneling. This enables direct connectivity between multiple sites, forgoing the need for constant backup procedures in other disaster recovery scenarios and reduces control traffic and broadcast storms across multiple sites.
  • MEM Insights with Fabric Topology – A new feature in the MidoNet Manager provides correlation of the overlay with current and historical events happening in the underlay. This feature enables real-time visualization of the fabric topology in relation to the logical switches and routers, the connectivity scheme about the virtual and physical switch ports in the underlay. This new level of insights provides the ability to examine a series of events and root causing networking issues and/or failures.
  • Integration with Container Orchestration – MEM would deliver enterprise-grade networking to any Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform, beginning with Kubernetes, to make networks as agile as needed. Unlike other container networking implementations, MEM allocates subnets by namespaces, allowing for the spawning of as many pods per node as needed with no limit.
  • More efficient use of memory – The new MEM release would include drastic memory improvements, as memory usage has been improved by 75% for the MidoNet agent. More efficient use of memory by the VMs can lead to better application stability and improve application response time.

Midokura will showcase its latest MEM technology with Intel’s Open Security Controller at Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, from August 16-18, 2016. The Midokura team can be found at booth #174.