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The energy from the latest OpenStack Summit in Paris is still in the air. Its record attendance and vibrant interactions are a testimony of the maturity and adoption of OpenStack across continents, verticals and use cases.

It’s especially exciting to see its applications growing outside of core datacenter use cases with Network Function Virtualization being top of mind for many customers present at the Summit.

If we look back at the last few years, a fundamental role fueling OpenStack adoption has been played by the distributions which have taken the project OpenStack and helped turn it into an easy to consume, supported, enterprise-grade product.

At PLUMgrid we have witnessed this transformation summit after summit, customer deployment after customer deployment. Working closely with our customers and our OpenStack partners we can attest how much easier, smoother, simpler an OpenStack deployment is today.

Similarly, PLUMgrid wants to simplify and accelerate the deployment of OpenStack network infrastructure, especially for those customers that are going into production today and building large-scale environments.

If you had the pleasure to be at the summit you have learnt about all the new features that were introduced in Juno for the OpenStack networking component (and if not check out this blog which provides a good summary of all Juno’s networking feature).

Despite the tremendous progress, standing up the network infrastructure for an OpenStack environment can still be a daunting process made of opening tickets, creating VLANs and opening firewall ports, tcpdump and lengthy troubleshooting that can slow down the deployment of many weeks.
Also, once the OpenStack cloud is in place, some network component might still fail to be as on-demand, rich, programmable and flexible as the other components of the stack are.

Last, especially for NFV type of clouds, there is a strong need to leverage and combine Network Functions from a broad portfolio of partners - a task that can’t always easily be achieved today out of the box.

PLUMgrid’s comprehensive software suite, PLUMgrid ONS 2.0 for OpenStack, enables scalable and secure virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds.
As a software only solution fully integrated within Red Hat’s Foreman installer, PLUMgrid enables the creation of all the necessary infrastructure in a matter of hours completely independent of the underlying physical infrastructure.

Once the OpenStack deployment is in place, PLUMgrid’s comprehensive set of L2-4 distributed Virtual Network Functions as well as its broad ecosystem powered by its Service Insertion Architecture can be used to satisfy a wide array of use cases.

Its integration and certification with Red Hat OpenStack Platform 5.0 enable PLUMgrid to effectively speed up OpenStack deployments and enable their joint customers to create scalable, secure multi-tenant solutions.

To learn more about how PLUMgrid deployed with Red Hat OpenStack Platform 5.0 can speed up NFV OpenStack deployments join us for a live webinar on November 19th at 8AM PST.


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