Pluribus Networks has unveiled its Unified Cloud Networking vision and architecture, which includes the Pluribus Unified Cloud Fabric. With zero-trust distributed security, built-in automation, and ubiquitous visibility, this architecture allows for a uniform networking paradigm across distributed clouds, switches, and server-based data processing units (DPUs).
Cloud operators including enterprises, cloud service providers, and communication service providers, now have a solution that would allow them to smoothly transition to a new cloud networking architecture. It would result in improved security, reduced complexity, lower total cost, and increased agility.
Pluribus Networks also announced a partnership with NVIDIA to provide a key component of the Unified Cloud Networking architecture. Pluribus has migrated its Netvisor ONE OS to the NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPU, which offloads, speeds, and isolates data center infrastructure functions, allowing the Pluribus Unified Cloud Fabric to span switches and DPUs. This solution takes full advantage of NVIDIA BlueField hardware accelerators and NVIDIA DOCA, the BlueField software development environment.
Software defined networking (SDN) automated unified network fabrics with distributed security services, such as microsegmentation, distributed firewalls, and ubiquitous network visibility, are among the first use cases for the architecture.
“Enterprises and cloud operators need to create agile, yet highly performant and secure hyperscale environments to support the rapid adoption of modern applications, like the environment AWS created using their proprietary DPU-based Nitro cards,” said Bob Laliberte, Principal Analyst at ESG. “Pluribus is building on that concept but embracing its open networking heritage. Pursuing their Unified Cloud Networking vision and working closely with NVIDIA, Pluribus has created a solution that enables organizations to efficiently manage distributed network switches, DPU enabled cards and services. This innovative technology will enable organizations to accelerate their migration to an agile and secure hyperscale environment with a lower total cost of ownership and simplified operations.”
Pluribus Unified Cloud Fabric
Pluribus solutions built on the Pluribus Unified Cloud Fabric, the next generation of the company’s Adaptive Cloud Fabric. Attributes of the Pluribus Unified Cloud Networking architecture and Unified Cloud Fabric include:
- Unified and simplified cloud networks – By delivering a consistent network operations model across underlay (physical) and overlay (virtual) networks, switches and servers, and heterogeneous, distributed clouds, Pluribus Networks eliminates fragmented networks with separate operating models, enables smooth migration toward the new distributed architecture, and reduces operational complexity and cost.
- Distributed security without compromises – Pluribus enables fine-grained microsegmentation and distributed stateful firewalls, as well as network security, to be delivered to the server level. When compared to hardware appliances or exclusively software-based solutions, Pluribus Unified Cloud Fabric would provide much higher performance and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO).
- Pervasive visibility – Pluribus Networks provides built-in application-aware visibility and analytics for every application and traffic flow. It would allow for more proactive troubleshooting and resolution while avoiding the additional expense and coverage gaps that come with separate monitoring networks.
- SDN-enabled automation – Pluribus solutions include controllerless SDN automation, allowing network operations teams to manage highly distributed networks with thousands of DPUs and other network endpoints – without having to deal with the challenges of integrating third-party automation tools or writing and maintaining DIY scripts.
- Accelerated SDN on the host – The Pluribus Unified Cloud Fabric runs on the NVIDIA BlueField DPU. This would give every host with a DPU access to the power and flexibility of software-defined, hardware-accelerated networking.
“The advancements that Pluribus has made to its architecture in the past year reinforces that we are truly the Unified Cloud Networking company,” said Kumar Srikantan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Pluribus Networks. “Pluribus solutions significantly reduce complexity and enable enterprises and service providers to take full advantage of the distributed multi-cloud era. I am extremely proud that we’ve now achieved the industry’s only open, SDN-automated solution that unifies networking across both data center switches and servers while maintaining security, automation, visibility and performance.”