Midokura Open Sources MidoNet Network Virtualization Platform
One thing Midokura is holding back is a GUI, which will be included in an enterprise-class version of MidoNet. Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM) includes MidoNet Manager for easy single-pane-of-glass management of the environment, services and support from Midokura, and an ecosystem that includes integration with VMware's vSphere technology and with third-party monitoring tools, as well as support for an OpenStack Certified distribution. Pricing for MEM is $1,899 per host per year. In addition, Midokura offers the MEM PoC (Proof-of-Concept) Quickstart Bundle to give customers enough technology to test and try out. The bundle, which sells for $10,000, includes five hosts installed with MEM, six months of software and support, and three days of professional services. In other efforts, Plumgrid officials Oct. 30 unveiled the latest version of its Open Networking Suite, which includes expanded OpenStack support. Enterprises are beginning to embrace OpenStack distributions for their cloud environments, Plumgrid officials said. The company is now supporting several distributions with ONS 2.0. That includes support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5. In addition, Plumgrid is partnering with Oracle, Mirantis, Canonical and Piston, which will support ONS in OpenStack implementations. Azmir Mohamed, senior director of products at Plumgrid, said in a post on the company blog that the company will announce more such partnerships "in the near future."On the same day, Big Switch and Mirantis announced a partnership that officials for both companies said will make it easier to deploy OpenStack clouds on SDN-based cloud fabrics built on commodity bare-metal switches. The vendors will build a joint solution that will include Mirantis OpenStack Distribution and Fuel installer and Big Switch's Big Cloud Fabric. "All of us in the OpenStack community are keenly aware that the lack of an easy to use, production-grade SDN solution has been an issue," Big Switch co-founder Kyle Forster said in a statement. "This partnership—with the certifications, installers, documentation—is addressing this issue while preserving choices for hardware and software in the networking stack."
ONS 2.0 also received the OpenStack Compatible designation from the OpenStack Foundation.