Change is coming to the way enterprise IT departments deliver IT services. Infrastructure as a Service clouds, both public and private, are the catalyst. For several years, “shadow IT” has been slowly invading the enterprise. Now the enterprise IT departments have finally woken up and want to take back their users. They can do it, but only if they adopt a much more efficient model with fast self-service provisioning. This will require a change in mindset as well as organizational change. Virtual networking for IaaS clouds, a type of SDN, is a powerful tool which enables the easy migration of complex multi-server workloads to the cloud. Hybrid clouds are also made more powerful and flexible by network virtualization, enabling use cases such as Disaster Recovery. There are multiple approaches to network virtualization, but we believe that the approach based on IP overlays combined with a distributed control plane will be the winner.
This week Midokura took the stage at the OpenStack Summit to make some major announcements about their new virtualization platform known as MidoNet. The platform was first introduced last fall, as Midokura is a Japan based organization. Upon its release, users were able to take advantage of these virtual network solutions that are designed specifically for Infrastructure as a Services or IaaS features. This platform worked with the OpenStack Quantum networking project as well as the OpenStack Nova network.
Japanese startup Midokura launched its vision of Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the U.S. back in October of 2012.
It’s a vision that looks beyond OpenFlow with an overlay networking approach called MidoNet. MidoNet structures the network logically, as one large virtual grid router.
Dumitriu noted that MidoNet uses an overlay approach to provide multi-tenant isolation. That isolation can be integrated in an OpenStack cloud environment by way of the Quantum networking API.
The Innovation Network Corp of Japan is in the process of preparing the purchase of stake in Midokura, a tech start up firm. According to two individuals with knowledge of the transaction, the purchase would be minority shareholdings in the three year start up firm that helps develops specific software to improve network efficiency.
The amount of US$12 million would be invested into Midokura to develop technology that can help networks run more smoothly and efficiently. Another US$5.3 million was infused by local investors.
The fund intends to invest $12 million in Midokura, which is developing technology to help networks run more efficiently, said the people, who asked not to be named because the plan has yet to be completed. Midokura may receive another $5.3 million from local investors, they said.
Midokura, the Japanese start-up focused on network virtualization and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), has gotten a $17.5 million A round from a stellar collection of backers headed by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), the Japanese government-backed sovereign fund.
Others chucking in money include NTT Group’s Venture Fund Docomo Innovations Inc. and NEC Group’s Venture Fund Innovative Ventures Fund Investment LP.
Midokura, a global startup focused on network virtualization, today announced it has raised $17.3M in Series A funding. The investment will be used toward furthering Midokura’s vision, product innovation and go-to-market strategy.
The round was led by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), a Japanese public-private partnership. Other investors who participated in the round include NTT Group’s Venture Fund: NTT Investment Partners L.P. and NEC Group’s Venture Fund: Innovative Ventures Fund Investment L.P.
As part of today’s announcement, Midokura also named Dan Mihai Dumitriu CEO. Dan is a co-founder and previously served as CTO. Fellow co-founder Tatsuya Kato, who had been serving as CEO, is now Chairman of the Board.
It takes money to build out a modern networking startup. Japanese network virtualization startup Midokuratoday announced that it has raised $17.3 million in a Series A funding round.
Software-defined networking startup Midokura has raised $17.3m to help it hunt a rarely seen creature: a punter who actually pays for SDN.
Midokura’s cash infusion was delivered by Japanese government–backed sovereign fund the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, the company announced on Tuesday, along with investments from OpenStack-loving telco NTT Group’s venture fund DOCOMO Innovations and NEC’s venture fund.
Japan’s Midokura, a startup with offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, Lausanne and Barcelona, today announced a $17.3 million Series A funding round, led by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, along with NTT Group’s DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and Innovative Ventures Fund Investment, the investment arm of NEC Group. The funding will be used to hire and grow the team in preparation for future deployment and expansion of Midokura’sMidoNet network virtualization services.
Network World - After years of venture capital and start-up focus on consumer-focused tech companies, enterprise networks and the data center are back in vogue.
But we’re not talking sexy Vogue. We’re talking virtualization, cloud computing and software-defined networking (SDN) – the sorts of technologies IT managers need to run more efficient data centers and better support increasingly mobile workforces and customers.
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Technology giants like VMware, Juniper and Cisco are spending millions, to incorporate this tech into their product lines. There are also a slew of young, innovative startups trying to grab their share of the pie.
What is all the hoopla about SDN technology why should you care?
… “The Nicira/VMware solution uses the same model as OpenFlow. Midokura on the other hand takes a play from distributed systems and pushes intelligence to the edges in that fashion. Each model offers various pros/cons and will play a major role in the scale and resiliency of your SDN deployment.” …
At the beginning of this century, server virtualization burst onto the IT scene and changed the way modern IT organizations think about server hardware. The basic concept behind server virtualization is that multiple “virtual” servers can be run on a single physical server. This consolidation of servers resulted in much higher utilization of physical servers, which dramatically reduced the capital expenditure (capex) costs required to provide IT services. Using fewer physical servers also lowered power, cooling and datacenter space requirements. Other indirect benefits were increased agility, since the IT department could provision a server in minutes or hours versus the weeks and months it used to take to procure, set up and turn on new physical servers. …
… Anuta isn’t the only networking vendor looking at SDN as being about more than just OpenFlow today. Juniper Networks recently unveiled its vision of SDN service chaining and other smaller companies including Midokura have been preaching the message of SDN without OpenFlow as well. …
… In an interview on Friday, OpenStack director Jonathan Bryce said he is thrilled with momentum on the project –which claims 750 individual code contributors. Over the past year HP made its public cloud available and he expects more news in 2013 in the networking front. Nicira, now owned by VMware, Midokura, Juniper Networks, Brocade Communications and Big Switch are all doing interesting work in OpenStack, he said. …
…As usual, smaller suppliers have played a central role in moving this disruptive force forward. And there are plenty of SDN specialists out there. The list includes Big Switch Networks (News- Alert), Embrane, ConteXtream, PLUMgrid, Midokura, and Pica8, among others. Even Alcatel-Lucent has launched a business called Nuage to address the SDN opportunity….
… SDN will continue to be a hot area for startups for years. The market is projected to grow from $360 million in 2013 to $3.7 billion by 2016, according to market researcher IDC.
This has led to a whole crop of startups ready to take on market leader Cisco and cash in. …
2013: Virtualization to Disrupt Networking as We Know It Today – Executive Viewpoint 2013 Prediction: Midokura
Virtualization technologies have transformed the compute and storage industries and are starting to move into other key IT segments. In 2013, I predict the widespread adoption of virtualization technologies will evolve rapidly to transform the data center and the desktop alike, delivering concrete value and return on investment to businesses ranging from small-medium sized up to the enterprise. Further, I see virtualization disrupting the networking segment as we know it today and in a big way. I predict the interest in and demand for network virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN) will only grow, and the vendor landscape offering these solutions will grow in parallel.
Many SDN start-ups came out of stealth mode in 2012 and a few others are gearing up towards launch in 2013. As the momentum around SDN increased, so did the number of start-ups in this space. Keeping track of their development stage, their offerings, and more importantly the problem(s) they aim to address is a difficult task. This blog is an attempt at providing a snapshot on SDN start-ups worth watching in 2013. …
…Other interesting SDN start-ups with the potential to enable SDN applications include ADARA, LineRate, and Midokura….
Will there be a market for SDN network operating systems? The answer will be critical to the evolution of SDN standards and the development of applications that leverage SDN capabilities. …
…”Founded in 2010 by CEO Tatsuya Kato and chief technology officer Dan Mihai, Midokura has raised $5.5 million from Japanese investors. The company’s MidoNet software, which relies on OpenStack, features virtual Layer 2 distributed switching, virtual Layer 2 isolation, virtual Layer 3 distributed routing, Layer 4 distributed load balancing and firewall services, stateful and stateless NAT, and live migration. The company’s U.S. operations are based in San Francisco.”…
Alternatively, and the path Midokura has chosen, is to ride SDN intelligence on top of existing data center networks, however they are implemented, to build virtualized L3 and L4 services. According to Cherian, not only does MidoNet extend traditional L2 vSwitch features like distributed switching and traffic isolation to L3, but it adds L4 services like ACLs/firewall, NAT, load balancing and virtual port and device monitoring. Essentially, MidoNet transforms a physical network of edge routers, fabric switches and virtualized servers into multiple logical (i.e., virtual) networks with separate virtual service provider routers (in public clouds) and tenant environments, each with its own virtual router, switches and host ports.
… “In 2013, early adopter success will pave the way for more mainstream adoption by proving the business case for network virtualization and SDN,” wrote startup Midokura in a note to CRN. “These successes will drive product innovation in the space, both from start-ups and large networking vendors.”
Other companies also jumped into SDN waters. In April, Cisco announced it was funding advanced networking startup Insieme with $100 million. Along with that initial funding, Cisco said it would have the option to eventually purchase the company for as much as an additional $750 million. In August, Oracle acquired Xsigo to address its own network virtualization challenges. And in November, Brocade acquired startup Vyatta to bolster its SDN solution. This relatively new market has also launched a Japanese startup, Midokura, which in October officially announced its U.S. launch and introduced its MidoNet software.
IDC states that the SDN market, which is at $360 million, will more than double over the next 3 years touching $3.7 billion by the year 2016. One of the core reasons why SDN is such a promising sector is the fact that it is application driven and therefore allows for greater flexibility. Well established vendors like Cisco will see a lot of competition in this space from start up companies too. According to IDC, there are five names to watch out for in this space – Big Switch Networks, Embrane, Midokura, Plexxi and Vello Systems.
…SDN startups are hardly restricted to the United States, as evidenced by Midokura, a Japanese company that entered the U.S. market in October. Core to its offering is MidoNet, a distributed, decentralized virtual platform that uncouples a customer’s cloud assets from its network infrastructure hardware and offers a software abstraction layer programmed to go between end hosts and a physical network….
.. Next up is Midokura, a Japanese company that began as a cloud provider but morphed into a vendor for cloud providers. The company develops MidoNet, which, like Embrane’s Heleos, is also a distributed SDN product designed for IaaS. MidoNet virtualizes the network for multi-tenant public and private cloud computing, and supports the industry-defined OpenStack platform for cloud computing virtualization, automation and orchestration.
Midokura is a Japanese startup that entered the U.S. market this year. Company Chief Executive Tatsuya Kato and Chief Technology Officer Dan Mihai founded the company in 2010.
Midokura’s flagship product is called MidoNet, which is an intelligent software abstraction layer that manages the internetworking between the hardware infrastructure in an enterprise and the OpenStack cloud-computing platform used in public and private clouds. The company claims its technology reduces complexity, improves fault tolerance, optimizes network traffic and delivers higher availability of servers and services.
Midokura’s vision involves employing network virtualization to provide a flexible, customizable, and adaptable network infrastructure for cloud service providers and enterprises.
… Another interesting approach comes from Midokura, a smaller Japanese-U.S. startup that is offering MidoNet. This is aimed primarily at virtualized hosts in an Information as a Service (IaaS) environment, and fits at the hypervisor layer. The concept is to provide network isolation and fault-tolerant distributed environments without an intermediating network. The company says this does not require any new hardware, but simply IP connectivity among network devices and is “truly scalable.” This was announced at the recent OpenStack conference. …
Suddenly, every major networking vendor has an SDN or software-defined data center strategy, and it was the No. 1 networking topic in 2012.
Networking staples like Cisco, HP, Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper and others sought to define their SDN strategies. Some were big leaps forward, others seemed like slideware and marketing. Meanwhile, SDN startups, from better-known names like Big Switch Networks and Embrane to emerging players like Midokura and Plexxi, had their profiles raised. Some hotshot SDN players, like Nicira, got acquired. Others, like ADARA Networks, are in play but are pushing solid channel strategies. Regardless, the space has attracted the attention of industry observers, VCs and the channel, and it’s shifting from academic discussions to practical use cases and how to sell it to customers. “It’s still early days for it and for the people who are going to lead it,” Gary Alexander, president and CEO of Alexander Open Systems, an Overland Park, Kan.-based solution provider, told CRN in October. “But there’s no question it’s coming.”
It’s been a decade since networking has seen big venture dollars for technical innovation, but software defined networking has changed all of that.
Summary: What started as Japan’s answer to Amazon Web Services quickly became a global suite of distributed virtual networking services for OpenStack-based clouds. Meet Midokura.
… In every game, however, there is the possibility of a late entry. In this case, that would be Japan’s Midokura, which recentlyannounced its intention to enter the U.S. market with its MidoNet platform. Unlike most of the other SDN systems, MidoNet is not based on OpenFlow. Rather, it uses a proprietary approach that is deployed on the network edge and in the aggregation router, creating a virtual network overlay to carve out data pathways across physical infrastructure. The company says this provides broader flexibility to enable L2 and L3 services like load balancing and firewall implementation. The system has been integrated into the CloudStack program, an indication that the company is primarily targeting the cloud community. …
Software-defined networking could also help find and eliminate threats that come from within a network, whether it’s a cloud provider working to prevent malicious users or a university campus trying to stem the tide of a nasty virus. This was one of the exciting avenues of research for Ben Cherian, chief strategy officer of Midokura.
“Let’s say that a DDoS [distributed denial-of-service] attack is originating from your [public] cloud, and you have no idea who is doing this. You can handle that by having physical people watching the network … or you could set rules on your network, and say ‘I am going to tap all the traffic on my cloud, and if I see something abnormal, I’m going to programmatically shut down the tenants that are abnormal,’” Cherian explained.
The latter option not only requires fewer staff, but it also scales up more easily. In addition, it leaves network security less prone to human error. Midokura has already developed and deployed a port mirror that clones traffic for analysis, allowing increased security without compromised speed.
… “Enterprises need to be like service providers and react as quickly as they can for internal customers. They need to enable self-service IT. The biggest roadblock to that is networking,” said Ben Cherian, chief strategy officer with Midokura, a Japanese startup that is developing SDN-based network virtualization technology. “Armies of CCIEs are running around making little changes to switches and routers that have requisition times of weeks,” he said. Meanwhile, in many cases cloud providers can click a button to make changes. …
The network virtualization market has a new player to watch: the Japanese software-defined networking (SDN) startup Midokura. The company officially announced its U.S. launch and introduced its MidoNet software while at the OpenStack developer conference last week in San Diego. At the same time, the company announced integration into the OpenStack cloud orchestration framework.
This is a briefing note prepared by our analyst Lori Macvittie on Midokura, company offering network virtualization for public and private clouds.
It all started with the notion of creating a Japanese version of Amazon Web Services.
Well, you know how those things go. When you start developing it can lead anywhere and it led Midokura – sort of a Japanese contraction meaning Green Cloud – to drop the whole Amazon cloning bit and concentrate on network virtualization, which is core to the cloud.
The start-up thinks it’s got a disruptive approach, but of course that’s what all the boys say.
By Michael Vizard
Now that everyone is starting to get a better handle on exactly what the emerging OpenStack framework for managing clouds actually does, the focus is quickly turning towards what can actually be done with it.
Posted by Andrew Conry Murray
Software defined networking just got a new player. Midokura is a new startup that’s attacking network virtualization with an ambitious software platform called MidoNet that aims to upend the traditional networking market. Midokura announced its U.S. launch and its MidoNet software at the OpenStack developer conference in San Diego this week. It also announced MidoNet integration with OpenStack.
By Steven Noble
This article is the first in a set of articles that will walk through the evaluation of Midokura’s MidoNet product. In the first article we will discuss Midokura’s solution, what it is made of, how it works and what expectations have been set with regard to performance and the solution it aims to solve.
By George Moon
Japanese virtualization start-up Midokura has said it will enter the U.S market this week with its MidoNet application–a distributed software defined network product that is designed for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). MidoNet virtualizes networks for multitenant public and private cloud computing. According to PC Advisor, the software supports the OpenStack platform for cloud computing, automation, and orchestration. Also, the software is a decentralized overlay where network intelligence inhabits the edge and not a central operator.
By John Rath
Midokura Advances Network Virtualization with OpenStack – Japanese startup Midokura launched in the U.S., unveiling with its MidoNet network virtualization technology, called MidoNet, which is integrated with the OpenStack Quantum networking project and has support for OpenStack Nova network drivers as well. This technology treats networking like one big distributed system.
#SDN #cloud #openstack Centralized control, decentralized execution comes to life with Midokura’s MidoNet
Whether bees or Martians, science or science-fiction, the notion of a hive mind is one that pops up frequently within the realm of psychology, philosophy, theology, science and, last but not least, technology. A hive mind is one that has a collective memory, sharing information from the past and present with every other member of the hive.
By Shamus McGillicuddy
Network virtualization startup Midokura introduced its cloud networking solution this week, along with integration into the OpenStack cloud orchestration framework.
MidoNet, the Tokyo-based company’s product, is comparable to virtual network overlays from IBM, Big Switch Networks Inc. and VMware Inc.’s Nicira, but it has a broader approach to cloud networking and a different control plane architecture.
By Sean Michael Kerner
Midokura’s MidoNet is now integrated with the OpenStack Quantum networking project and has support for OpenStack Nova network drivers as well.
Ben Cherian, Chief Strategy Officer at Midokura told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that cloud computing and virtualization are requiring enterprises to think more like service providers. He added that the cloud changes the control points in a network. The goal is to help make IT work more efficiently in this new era is to enable more scale, while providing a self service IT operation for users.
Software Defined Networking isn’t just about OpenFlow anymore
By Sean Michael Kerner
Japanese startup Midokura is officially launching in the U.S. today with its MidoNet network virtualization technology. The big idea behind the MidoNet approach is that it treats networking like one big distributed system.
Midokura’s MidoNet is now integrated with the OpenStack Quantum networking project and has support for OpenStack Nova network drivers as well.
by Chris Talbot
Global network virtualization vendorMidokura took the opportunity at theOpenStack Summit to announce its official entry into the U.S. market. The company, which focused on network virtualization products for public and private clouds, kicked off its foray into the American market with the launch of MidoNet, a distributed, decentralized, multi-layer software-defined virtual networking product designed for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings.
By Nathan Eddy
The startup’s MidoNet network virtualization solution is integrated with OpenStack and features a fully distributed architecture with no single points of failure.
Network virtualization specialist MidoKura announced its entry into the U.S. market with the launch of MidoNet, a distributed, decentralized, multi-layer software defined virtual network solution specifically designed for infrastructure as a service and virtualizes the network stack for cloud platforms such as OpenStack. MidoNet is currently available in beta to early access customers, partners and developers.
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October 15, 2012 9:28 AM ET
Midokura, a Japanese software-defined networking (SDN) startup riding a wave of good notices, has confirmed its entry into the U.S. market and on Monday announced both the official release of its MidoNet platform and that it has integrated with OpenStack.
Midokura hits American shores with an overlay strategy for IaaS
By Jim Duffy, Network World
Midokura, a Japanese startup focused on network virtualization, this week said it is entering the U.S. market with a distributed software defined network product designed forInfrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
The company’s MidoNet software virtualizes the network for multi-tenant public and private cloud computing, and supports the industry-defined OpenStack platform for cloud computing virtualization, automation and orchestration. MidoNet is a de-centralized software overlay where network intelligence resides in the edge rather than in a centralized controller, which is the common architecture for SDNs.
BY BRAD HEDLUND
Today there seems to be no shortage of SDN start-ups, chasing the OpenFlow hype in one way or another aiming to re-invent the physical network — SDpN (software defined physical network). And then there’s a rare breed out there. Those solving cloud networking problems entirely with software at the virtual network layer (hypervisor vswitch) — SDvN (software defined virtualnetwork). Nicira was one of those rare breeds (look what happened) — and now it’s apparent to me that Midokura with their MidoNet solution is another one of those rare breed SDvN start-ups like Nicira, but with what appears to be a differentiated and perhaps even more capable solution.
By Cade Metz
Giuseppe de Candia is the first name listed on a document that remade the internet. And now he wants to remake it all over again.
Known as “Pino” among friends and colleagues, de Candia was part of a small team of computer scientists at Amazon.com who created Dynamo, a means of storing vast amounts of data across a sea of computer servers. The team originally built Dynamo to power the Amazon shopping cart, but after publishing a research paper describing the technology in 2007, they helped spawn a new breed of database that was soon running many of the net’s largest sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and Reddit.
So, you’ve decided to build a private IaaS cloud. Great idea! By encouraging self-service IT in your organization, you’ve made your support staff happier by reducing their workload and you’ve made your users happier by giving them instant access to the resources they want. Now your users won’t be hounding the IT department (as much) to provision a VM or implement a firewall rule change. Happiness abounds!
Proof that SDN innovators aren’t grown exclusively in North America, Midokura is a Japanese company with plenty of early good notices. The company’s emerging strategy seems to center on Layer 2-7 distributed virtual networking for OpenStack-based environments, and it has pulled in about $6 million from various investors, including Japan-based VCs. The product most of Midokura’s observers have focused on thus far is called MidoNet, a software platform capable of creating virtual switches, firewalls and other pieces of software-based network infrastructure without the need to change or adjust the physical network.
Almost everyone agrees the current way of implementing virtual networks with dumb hypervisor switches and top-of-rack kludges (including Edge Virtual Bridging – EVB or 802.1Qbg – and 802.1BR) doesn’t scale. Most people working in the field (with the notable exception of some hardware vendors busy protecting their turfs in the NVO3 IETF working group) also agree virtual networks running as applications on top of IP fabric are the only reasonable way to go … but that’s all they currently agree upon.
Dan Mihai Dumitriu — the CTO and co-founder of Midokura, another startup tackling the virtual networking idea — might disagree with that. He oversees a team of engineers that include Giuseppe “Pino” de Candia, one of the lead developers of Dynamo, a data storage technology developed at Amazon that has been hugely influential across the modern web.
But Dumitriu certainly sees the Nicira acquisition as the right move for VMware. And even before Maritz’s comments, he saw the buy as a grab for engineers. “We had heard they had been hemorrhaging talent for a while,” Dumitriu told us last week, “this may have been a way to build their team back up.”
Probably the least well-known company on this list, Midokura started examining the potential for SDN in 2009. It’s based in Japan, where SDN has a strong grip on the industry’s collective consciousness and a big-name backer in NTT. Midokura’s claim to fame will be the ability to create virtual appliances for Layers 2 through 7 — overlapping the target markets of Nicira and Embrane, in a sense.
Midokura is a startup that says it’s doing what Nicira Networks is doing, only for Layers 2 through 7. With a description like that, you wonder why VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) didn’t buy these guys instead.
But then you find out Midokura has only three U.S. employees, and their office — when they bother to use one — is in an unused conference room inside a space leased by DreamHost, a Web hosting company. The connection? Ben Cherian, Midokura’s chief strategy officer, used to work there.
Ben Cherian, Chief Strategy Officer at SDN software maker Midokura, told eWEEK that performance isn’t what SDN is necessarily all about.
“The value in virtualizing the network isn’t greater performance. It’s scalability, network isolation, implicit automation and fault tolerance,” Cherian said. “If done properly, network virtualization also has the added benefit of reducing an organization’s capital expense and operating expense costs. Any company who is building a cloud should look into network virtualization.”
Cherian believes that SDN is a key trend to watch.
“In terms of a time frame around adoption, I think we’re in the first inning of a nine-inning game. The early adopters will try network virtualization this year and next. In two years, we’ll see increased adoption in the enterprise. In five years, we’ll see wholesale adoption in every company. In seven to 10 years, network virtualization won’t be new technology … it’ll just be the way we do things,” Cherian said.
In terms of change sets, Red Hat comes higher in the rankings than HP in fourth place, who are rolling out an OpenStack public cloud in the coming months, and Canonical in fifth place, who are switching to OpenStack for their Ubuntu Cloud offerings. In terms of lines, Red Hat maintains third position, followed by Citrix, Midokura and then HP in sixth position while Canonical slips to eleventh position.
It’s always interesting to see who really contributes to open source projects. That’s doubly true when it comes to projects that are corporate-driven, because they provide a lot of insight into which companies are driving a project and have a stake in supporting it.
The OpenStack community is growing exponentially around the world, with developers contributing to the open source platform for public and private clouds.
Openstack-based Midostack Lets Companies Scale And Manage Flexible Virtual Networks With Commodity Hardware
In July last year, Rackspace caused quite a splash in the cloud computing world when it decided to opensource the software behind its cloud storage and computing platforms to create Openstack, an Iaas-based cloud platform. Fast forward 9 months, and we are seeing over 60 companies worldwide (Dell, Cisco, Intel, NTT Data to name just a few) developing solutions based on Openstack.