Pluribus Networks, provider of an open, controllerless software-defined network fabric for data centers and distributed cloud edge environments, has released its UNUM Management Platform v5.2. This latest version adds a number of key new capabilities, further enhancing SDN fabrics for data center environments.
Pluribus UNUM is a multi-functional web management portal providing a rich graphical user interface (GUI) for the distributed and controllerless Adaptive Cloud Fabric solution. UNUM has two key modules – UNUM Fabric Manager and UNUM Insight Analytics – both contained within the UNUM management platform.
UNUM Fabric Manager would provide comprehensive GUI-based management including topology visualization, zero touch provisioning, automated fabric creation and fabric wide configuration management.
UNUM Insight Analytics is an analytics module that provides proactive insight via rich graphical dashboards and robust search functionality into the network and applications data of every flow through the fabric to assure peak operating performance.
In their latest release, Pluribus Networks has integrated the Pluribus UNUM unified management platform onto the Dell EMC Virtual Edge Platform 4600 (VEP4600), a purpose-built open modular platform designed to host VNFs (virtual networking functions).
“Pluribus and Dell EMC are committed to open networking and enabling service providers and enterprises to build out their data center infrastructure, including smaller and more compact single site and multi-site environments,” said Kumar Srikantan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pluribus Networks. “More than ever, the need to apply SDN automation and achieve pervasive visibility across the entire data center infrastructure is critical. That’s exactly what Pluribus can deliver on top of the high-performance open networking hardware from Dell EMC.”
New Analytics Dashboard
With the release of UNUM v5.2, Pluribus Networks has added a number of other key new capabilities:
- All changes to the fabric now tracked and displayed via notifications dashboard for a “robust” audit trail of network changes.
- New analytics dashboard to monitor security, QoS and packet broker vFlow policies.
- Streamlined creation of vFlow policies for packet broker applications.
- Simplified dashboard for Lab Automation to fully automate the creation of IP VirtualWire point-to-point connections between any two devices connected to the fabric.
- New QuickStart functionality for fabric creation. Performance tested to provision a 10-switch fabric in under 15 minutes.
Peer-to-Peer Distributed SDN
The Adaptive Cloud Fabric is a peer-to-peer distributed SDN underlay and overlay solution that can be managed via CLI, REST API or UNUM from any switch in the fabric, even if those switches are globally distributed. However, an increasing number of customers would prefer to manage the entire fabric through the UNUM GUI so they can spend more time on strategic initiatives and less time on managing network details.
By integrating Pluribus UNUM onto the pre-tested Dell EMC VEP4600, Pluribus and Dell have made the deployment of UNUM that much easier. While the Adaptive Cloud Fabric intrinsically provides comprehensive automation and telemetry, once UNUM Fabric Manager and UNUM Insight Analytics are deployed, network operators are further liberated from the complexity of provisioning and operating data center networks – whether single site or multi-site. Pluribus UNUM automates the complete network lifecycle from implementation to operation and optimization, enabling intent-based network operations with “vastly” reduced deployment times all delivered on the compact footprint of a Dell EMC VEP4600.
“In today’s marketplace, it has become a business imperative to simplify network complexity, while increasing agility and speed to service for our customers,” said Alley Hasan, director of Open Networking, Dell EMC. “In utilizing UNUM on Dell EMC VEP4600, we are providing customers with another option to streamline SDN automation of single- and multi-site data center fabrics.”