Midokura Deepens OpenStack Integration in SDN Offering
The startup's MidoNet 1.2 also includes Level 2 and 3 integration, as well as an improved user interface.Startup Midokura is rolling out the latest release of its MidoNet solution, a software-defined networking offering aimed at cloud providers that now includes support for the latest versions of the Apache OpenStack cloud orchestration platform. Midokura officials first introduced MidoNet in October 2012, made it generally available in April and then added CloudStack integration in June. Many of the improvements in the upgraded MidoNet solution—including Layer 2 gateway support and Layer 3 gateway functionality—were the result of working closely with customers to determine their needs and demands, according to Midokura General Manager Adam Johnson. MidoNet is aimed at infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments and, like most software-defined network (SDN) solutions, is designed to make them easier to deploy, scale, secure and program, and to make them less costly than traditional networks to run, Johnson told eWEEK. With MidoNet, "everything can be managed centrally," he said. "Everything is being done on the software side."
Midokura is among a range of startups looking to establish themselves in the burgeoning SDN market. SDNs are designed to make networking more dynamic and automated by taking much of the network intelligence—such as firewalls and load balancing—off of expensive and complex switches and routers and putting it into software. The results are more programmable and less-costly networks that no longer are bottlenecks in the data center. Established networking vendors like Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and Hewlett-Packard are aggressively building out their broad SDN and network virtualization strategies, while smaller vendors are looking to make inroads into the space.