|[June 24, 2014]
Pluribus Networks Brings the Server-Switch Paradigm Into the Broader Commercial Market at White-Box Economics
PALO ALTO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Pluribus Networks, the company that delivers server economics to
networking by bringing together compute, network, storage, and
virtualization into a single, open and programmable SDN platform, is
bringing the benefits of the evolving server-switch architectural
paradigm to the broader enterprise and cloud provider markets at
white-box price-points. This breakthrough is enabled through an
arrangement with Arrow Electronics (News - Alert), Inc., who will now supply the
Pluribus-branded E-68 Server-Switch that combines off-the-shelf Broadcom
Trident II switch chips with industry-standard Intel (News - Alert) Xeon server-class,
multi-core processors in a 1RU top-of-rack form-factor.
The Pluribus Freedom Server-Switch architecture developed over the last
four years has been validated by the recent Facebook (News - Alert) 'Wedge'
announcement, which combines switching and compute into a modular and
open top-of-rack form-factor platform. The Pluribus E-Series based on
open off-the-shelf technologies while leveraging the Pluribus NetvisorTM
network hypervisor is in fact the first broadly available
server-switch in this new category of SDN platforms, unlocking the
disruptive potential of new networking business models, while poised to
adopt the OCP (News - Alert) architecture in the future.
"Pluribus has pioneered the idea of bringing networking and computing
much closer together by leveraging open source software and
off-the-shelf component technologies," said Jacob Loveless, CEO of
Lucera, a New York-based on-demand infrastructure provider for financial
trading and exchanges. "We believe this model is the next evolution in
Under the Arrow arrangement, customers can order directly from the
distributor a turnkey offering with the Pluribus Netvisor pre-installed
on the server-switches at a street price point starting at $100 per 10
GE port. The offering goes well beyond traditional single-box L2/3
switching to provide multi-rack fabri-wide unified virtual/physical
computing analytics, network virtualization and single point of
management across the entire network.
"We have been tracking Pluribus' progress in the SDN space and we heard
positive feedback from customers at the Open Networking User Group
(ONUG) conference last month," said Nicholas Lippis, industry analyst
and ONUG co-founder and co-chairman board member. "I can also say that
the recent Facebook top-of-the-rack server-switch announcement validates
where innovative startups such as Pluribus are heading. An open
architecture that marries required top-of-rack economics with
sophisticated fabric and analytics capabilities via Netvisor is
extremely appealing to both partners and users looking to
more effectively manage their network."
"Pluribus Netvisor offers a truly differentiated platform, balancing
economics with a powerful network hypervisor, fabric-cluster and deep
fabric-wide visibility," said Brian Armstrong, vice president of Arrow's
original equipment manufacturer computing solutions business. "We look
forward to working with Pluribus and offer a solution that uniquely
spans the data center and is based on interoperability and open-source
Additionally, Pluribus announced two new F-Series network computing
appliance bundles, one focused on advanced analytics and the other on
cloud orchestration. The Cloud Services Bundle runs the complete Red Hat (News - Alert)
Enterprise Linux - OpenStack Platform and includes the necessary storage
to maintain the image store for a typical cloud deployment. It is also
designed for future NFV support. The Cloud Analytics Bundle supports
cloud-scale analytics and includes more than 800 GB of high-speed flash
storage for persistent storage of logs. Both platforms include the
Netvisor Advanced-SDF license.
In February, Pluribus launched the Freedom architecture with Netvisor,
and in May, it extended this capability 'in-rack' by announcing
availability of the Netvisor on Supermicro's MicroBlade chassis with
integrated, converged switching. With the Arrow relationship, Pluribus
is now further tracking the compute and storage pricing evolution.
North American customers can order the E-68 Software-Defined Fabric
Server-Switch from Arrow beginning in Q3, with a street price of $6,800
for the Pluribus Netvisor IPS license and $9,900 for the SDF license.
The F64-CLS Cloud Services Bundle and the F64-CLA Cloud Analytics Bundle
are both available immediately from Pluribus Networks at $80,000 list
(NA price list).
About Pluribus Networks
Pluribus Networks delivers the industry's first and only bare-metal,
distributed network hypervisor operating system, Netvisor, for the
convergence of compute, network, storage and virtualization based on
open compute and open networking technologies, enabling a new class of
highly-programmable network-aware applications and services. The
Pluribus Freedom architecture allows cloud operators and enterprises to
better support application performance SLAs while reducing OPEX and
CAPEX and accelerating service deployment velocity. For more
information, visit www.pluribusnetworks.com
or go to www.twitter.com/pluribusnet.
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