Midokura Open Sources MidoNet Network Virtualization Platform
The startup is hoping to accelerate the development of the networking technologies within the OpenStack cloud orchestration solution.Midokura, a 4-year-old startup in the highly competitive network virtualization space, is open sourcing its MidoNet solution in an effort to further accelerate the adoption and development of the networking technologies within the OpenStack cloud orchestration platform. Midokura officials on Nov. 3 at the OpenStack Summit in Paris announced the company's plans to make MidoNet—the company's network overlay solution that sits atop the underlying physical infrastructure to enable network virtualization—available to the OpenStack community for free. The MidoNet move comes less than a week after several other vendors—Plumgrid, Big Switch Networks and Mirantis—announced efforts to expand networking capabilities in OpenStack environments. The push toward network virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN) is being hampered by vendors that are looking to embrace OpenStack but continue to sell proprietary products as part of the effort, according to Midokura General Manager Adam Johnson. By making MidoNet open and free to the community, Midokura is hoping to make the platform the default for the OpenStack Neutron networking technologies, creating a stable and cohesive base for others to build on.
Johnson compared the situation surrounding the networking work in Neutron with that of block storage drivers, where the community has embraced the Ceph platform. The OpenStack community has not shown the same affinity for any particular networking technologies; Open vSwitch has gotten most of the support, but a broad array of other solutions on the market from such vendors as Cisco Systems, VMware, Big Switch, Juniper Networks, Brocade and Midokura also are seeing interest.