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Pluribus Updates Netvisor for Software-Defined Networking

Software-defined networking (SDN) company Pluribus Networks this week updated its Netvisor network hypervisor OS for better integration with existing networks.

Netvisor comprises compute, network, storage and virtualization resources in a programmable, open solution.

Pluribus said the new release helps organizations adopt SDN incrementally in existing systems.

"With this Pluribus Netvisor release, enterprises do not need to make a tradeoff between SDN future-proofing and compatibility with their 'brownfield' Layer 2 and IP networks," the company said in a statement.

Emphasizing the programmability aspect of the young SDN movement, Pluribus noted its open architecture features REST APIs that developers can use along with command-line interface (CLI) and VManage GUI support.

Developers can work with C++, Java, and Python, while the REST APIs and other tools help enterprises deploy projects using their existing router and switch talents.

The Netvisor architecture
[Click on image for larger view.] The Netvisor Architecture (Source: Pluribus Networks)

"Compatibility with existing networking hardware and skillsets allows incremental SDN-ready switch deployment at the leaf or spine as opposed to a complete fabric rip-and-replace," the company said. "For example, an enterprise considering a visibility fabric upgrade could replace its top-of-rack/leaf switches with Pluribus SDN technology for equal or less cost than the visibility upgrade, while preserving the existing core/spine investment. This programmable 'application fabric' brings compute closer to the switch infrastructure."

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